Burglary suspects caught after deputy ends high-speed chase with PIT on I-75 in Whitfield County
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff's Office incident report, on September 30th, 2020, at around 4:46 PM, a deputy was dispatched to an address on Miracle Drive in reference to a burglary that had already occurred. Once on scene, the deputy spoke to the homeowner, who stated someone had busted out a side window on his residence and burglarized his residence. He stated they took a red tote with clothes, PlayStation games, and tools. He said they took the new dishes out of the cabinets in the kitchen and placed them on the counters and left them. The homeowner said they also got his new push mower. The homeowner had a trail camera on his property and let the deputy check the memory card using his issued computer. On September 28th, 2020, at around 1:47 PM, it captured an older model Ford Focus four-door driven by a white female pull up. The car then leaves around 2:10 PM. The homeowner stated that he did not know the female. The deputy took a report and turned the case over CID. Investigators identified the suspects in the pictures as Tabren Townsend, 34 of Tunnel Hill, and Amanda Townsend, 37 of Ringgold. Both suspects had warrants issued for the burglary. Amanda also had two failure to appear warrants through Whitfield County and a failure to appear warrant through Catoosa County. Tabren had a probation warrant for his arrest. Deputies had been on the lookout for the gold Ford Focus that was involved in the burglary. Deputies had been checking hotels and apartment complexes throughout the week in an attempt to locate the suspects and the vehicle. On Wednesday, October 7th, 2020, at around 8:09 PM, a deputy on routine patrol drove through the parking lot of the Cliff Apartments on Shugart Road. While patrolling the parking lot, the deputy noticed a gold Ford Focus that was similar to the vehicle involved in the burglary. The tag being displayed on the vehicle was EJY704, which was was supposed to be displayed on a white Jeep Compass. The deputy also noticed that it was missing the front passenger door handle, just like the vehicle involved in the burglary. The deputy remained hidden in the parking lot until additional deputies could arrive in the area. At approximately 9:18 PM, the vehicle exit the parking lot and turn South on Shugart Road. Several deputies and a sergeant began following the vehicle South on Shugart Road. As soon as the activated his blue lights, Tabren accelerated and initiated a pursuit with the deputy. While traveling West on North Tibbs Road, Tabren failed to maintain a single lane of travel several times. As Tabren was approaching the North Tibbs Road overpass, he passed another motorist on a blind hill and in a no-passing zone. Tabren continued to operate the vehicle in a reckless manner by driving in the turning lane at times and reached approximately 75 mph in a 35 mph zone. Tabren turned South onto Chattanooga Road and entered I-75 South at the Rocky Face exit. While traveling South on I-75, Tabren reached speeds of approximately 100 mph in a 70 mph zone. The sergeant, who was secondary in the pursuit, informed a deputy to pass him and take the lead in the pursuit due to him being in a sedan. The deputy took the lead in the pursuit. As Tabren approached mile marker 332, the deputy performed a successful Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) and ended the pursuit. Deputies gave both of the occupants' verbal commands to keep their hands visible, and they were both placed in custody without incident. Pack relocated to Hamilton Medical Center to stand by with Mrs. Townsend while she was being evaluated by medical personnel. While in the waiting area, Mrs. Townsend began talking about a picture of her and Mr. Townsend that was circulating on Facebook. Deputy Pack was familiar with the picture she was referring to. The picture was taken by a game camera when the residence on Miracle Dr was burglarized. Deputy Pack read Mrs. Townsend the Miranda Warning. She stated that she understood her rights and agreed to continue speaking with Deputy Pack. Amanda Townsend advised that she did not know Tabren stole items from the residence and advised that she just sat in the vehicle. She said Tabren Townsend told her that the resident had given him permission to take some items. She advised that she knew law enforcement was looking for her vehicle, so she changed the tag on it. Hamilton Medical Center staff evaluated Amanda, who had complied of pain after the pursuit. Once cleared, Amanda was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with first-degree burglary (forced entry, dwelling) and two counts of misdemeanor failure to appear. Tabren Townsend was booked into Whitfield County Jail charged with was charged Wednesday by the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office with first-degree burglary (forced entry, dwelling), felony probation violation, felony fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer (felony), reckless driving, passing in no-passing zones, failure to maintain lane, driving without insurance, removing/affixing a license plate with the intent to conceal, operating a vehicle without a proper tag/decal and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Both Tabren and Amanda are currently being held in the Whitfield County Jail with no bond. According to GDC records, Tabren, who is a convicted felon, has a long criminal history involving theft.