Chattanooga man booked in on charges related to May pursuit on I-75 of stolen Dodge Charger
According to a Whitfield County arrest reports, a Chattanooga man was booked into the Jail on Thursday on a slew of charges related to a May pursuit. According to the Georgia State Patrol on Sunday, May 31st, 2020, at approximately 1:12 a.m., TFC Cantrell attempted to check on what he believed to be a broken-down motorist on I-75 South, near mile marker 330. While the Trooper was stopped behind the 2019 Dodge Charger, the driver Jerke Jerke, 19 of Chattanooga, TN, accelerated at a high rate of speed, initiating a pursuit. The driver took exit 328 and then entered I-75 North, toward Chattanooga, TN. The pursuit entered into Catoosa County, where speeds reached 120 MPH. A Whitfield County Sheriff Lieutenant joined the pursuit near mile marker 336 in Whitfield County. The Trooper performed a PIT Maneuver on the fleeing vehicle near mile marker 344. The vehicle traveled off the right shoulder of the roadway and began to overturn. There were a total of four teenagers in the fleeing vehicle. Two occupants, a 15 and 16-year-old both from Chattanooga, were ejected from the stolen vehicle. Jerke and Ramon Boyd, 19 of Chattanooga, were taken into custody. Boyd was not injured, and he was transported to the Catoosa County Jail. Jerke and the other two teenagers that were ejected were taken to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN, with NON-life threatening injuries. Jerke is being charged with theft by bringing stolen property into state, felony, fleeing/ attempting to elude police officer, felony, failure to maintain lane, reckless driving, improper lane change or usage, driving while license is suspended or revoked, failure to obey traffic control devices; running red light, and improper lane change or usage. Jerke is still in the Whitfield County Jail Tuesday night with no bond.