According to a press release by the East Ridge Police Department, on Friday morning at 9:40 a.m., East Ridge officers responded to the 5500 block of Ringgold Rd. to locate a male subject with multiple warrants. The subject, 30-year-old Jacob Buckner, attempted to evade capture and drove toward officers while striking a police vehicle. Officers pursued Buckner’s vehicle onto I-75 to Shallowford Rd. and onto Gunbarrel Rd. Buckner crashed around the 2000 block of Gunbarrel Rd. and attempted to escape on foot from the disabled vehicle. He was taken into custody after a short foot chase.
During the pursuit an East Ridge Police vehicle occupied by a Field Training Officer and a Probationary Officer was struck in the side by a turning vehicle. The police vehicle lost control, drove up onto a sidewalk, and grazed a pedestrian.
The two officers, whose names have not been released, and the pedestrian were transported by EMS with non-life threatening injuries.
Officers with the Chattanooga Police Department are working the crashes, including the one involving an ERPD vehicle, that occurred within their corporate limits.
Buckner was arrested for outstanding warrants and a multitude of additional charges. The female passenger, Tiffany Holcomb, 29, was arrested for outstanding warrants.
Officers located a small child in the suspect’s vehicle at the termination of the pursuit. The child appeared to be uninjured but was transported by EMS as a precaution.