According to a police report, an officer initiated a traffic stop in the 600 block of South Germantown Road last Thursday on a 1996 Saturn, after the vehicle a Georgia registration with an altered plate. The car refused to stop and the officer saw that a person in the back seat had thrown an object out of the window. The car continued west bound on Interstate 24 almost striking multiple vehicles and nearly causing several accidents.
The Saturn exited the interstate at the 4th Avenue exit where it spun out striking a telephone pole causing the stanchion holding a light to fall onto the police cruiser. The report states that a man exited the car and was given commands to halt, however he turned and took off running north on E. 23rd Street. Police gave chase and attempted to “taze” the subject, but the man kept running.
The report states that the man stopped running, assumed an “aggressive” stance toward police officers and refused all commands from police. As officers attempted to take the man into custody he charged them, the report states. He was taken to the ground and “tazed.” After a brief scuffle, he was taken into custody. When police searched the man’s shirt pocket they found a clear baggie of suspected methamphetamine.
The man was identified as Travis Chase Tackett, 30, of a Lakeview Drive address in Rossville. He was charged with two counts of Assault on Police, Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting Arrest and Evading Arrest. Tackett is due to appear in East Ridge Municipal Court on June 28.
_ 3106 Mason Dr.: Police responded to the address on a burglary in progress call on Monday afternoon. According to a police report, prior to arrival officers spoke with the brother of the owner of the house who is also a resident. The man told officers that he and his brother had gone past the house and saw two men near the rear kitchen window attempting to climb into the house. The homeowner told officers that this has been an ongoing problem with the two suspects.
The report states that police went to the home and made contact with the two suspects, one of whom was identified as Zachary Kennedy. Kennedy told police that the homeowner had no problem with the suspects being at the house. The report states that neither Kennedy nor the other suspect had entered the house on this date. The report states that Kennedy gave police false social security number. When police had stepped away from the suspects to check on information from dispatch, Kennedy took off on foot. The report states Kennedy fell down when police gave chase and he was taken into custody.
An officer searching Kennedy asked if he had anything in his pockets. He said that he did not, the report states. When the officer reached into a pocket to retrieve a “long, thin object,” he was stuck with the tip of a bent syringe needle, the report states.
The report states that it was discovered Kennedy has active warrants from Red Bank related to drugs.
Kennedy, 41, who is homeless, was charged with Evading Arrest, Criminal Impersonation and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He is due to appear in Municipal Court on June 21.