December 20, 2013

Ohio suspect caught in I-75 chase

Rachel Brown

— An Ohio man who led police on a chase from Tennessee down Interstate 75 Friday afternoon is in custody in Whitfield County.

Brian Jones, 32, from Toledo, was fleeing from the Tennessee Highway Patrol into Georgia when the Georgia State Patrol joined the chase in Whitfield County around 3 p.m., officials said.

Franka Young of the state patrol’s public information office said Young was wanted in Ohio.

Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office Maj. John Gibson said officials initially thought he was wanted for homicide, but they later learned it was for charges related to a house being burned. His exact charges weren’t immediately available because he had not been booked into jail late Friday.

Young said a state trooper who began chasing Jones’ Chevrolet Malibu at the Ringgold exit was able to successfully perform a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver at mile marker 341, which is in Tunnel Hill. Troopers “PIT” vehicles by intentionally hitting them with their cars in a way designed to cause the fleeing vehicle to wreck with the intention of not seriously injuring anyone.

“The driver ... was taken into custody without further incident,” Young said. “He complained of injury and was transported to Hamilton Medical Center.”

Jones’ injuries were believed to be minor, Gibson said.