LPR Camera Locates Stolen Vehicle
On Thursday, a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy was traveling northbound on Highway 27 near the exit to Highway 153 when their Automated License Plate Reader (LPR) alerted them a maroon Buick with a Georgia tag near them was stolen.
The Buick exited Highway 27 onto Highway 153 and turned into a dead-end drive, stopped, and the driver proceeded to exit the vehicle. The deputy gave several commands to the driver, however the suspect failed to comply. The driver then got back into the driver seat, put the car into reverse, and began to drive towards the deputy and his patrol unit. The deputy quickly moved out of the way and returned to his patrol unit and a pursuit ensued.
Once the vehicle turned onto Highway 153, it headed towards Highway 27 where it proceeded northbound at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour. The vehicle then drove on the right-hand shoulder before crossing through the grass median before heading southbound on Highway 27. The vehicle then exited the highway again at Thrasher Pike and headed towards Middle Valley where it drove in and out of on-coming traffic several times as it negotiated blind curves.
As the pursuit approached Middle Valley Road, the vehicle took a right turn onto a private drive with no outlet. In an attempt to evade capture, the suspect drove through several residential yards and when he tried to drive between two houses, the suspect vehicle hit a freezer which caused the car to roll onto its side and hit a house.
Once the vehicle came to a stop, the driver exited and began to run and a short foot pursuit ensued. Law enforcement personnel caught up to the suspect and he began to fight with deputies. A taser was utilized to gain safe compliance and bring the individual into custody.
The suspect driver has been identified as Taylor Daniels. After checking Daniel’s information, it was discovered his Georgia driver’s license was suspended and he was also found to have active warrants from Dade County, Georgia. During a search of Taylor’s person, a pipe was located and small amount of a green leafy substance that is believed to be Marijuana. When deputies began to check the vehicle, it was learned the Vehicle Indentation Number (VIN) was removed. Taylor was then checked by EMS at the scene for any injuries. Once cleared by EMS, he was transported to the Hamilton County Jail & Detention Center and charged with the following:
- TCA 39-16-603 Felony Evading
- TCA 39-16-603 Misdemeanor Evading
- TCA 39-16-602 Resisting Arrest (x2)
- TCA 39-13-103 Reckless Endangerment
- TCA 55-10-205 Reckless Driving
- TCA 39-14-103Theft of Property
- TCA 55-50-504 Driving on Suspended License
- TCA 55-8-115 Driving Left of Center
- TCA 39-17-418 Simple Possession
- TCA 39-17-425 Possession of Paraphernalia
- TCA 55-5-112 Alteration of Serial Number Felony
- TCA 55-8-152 Speeding Misdemeanor.