Felon found in possession of loaded firearm, large amount of meth after brief motorcycle pursuit
According to a Catoosa County Sheriff's Office incident report, on Monday, July 20th, 2020, Deputy Miller received a call at 4:46 AM of two suspicious motorcycles at the intersection of Bandy Road and Houston Valley Road in Tunnel Hill. Upon arrival, the deputy noticed an abandoned black motorcycle in a pasture with the gate wide open. The deputy observed the area noticing a cell phone, an open pocket knife, and keys lying on the ground near the motorcycle. The deputy grew suspicious of a potential criminal offense taking place. The deputy was walking back to his patrol vehicle when Corporal Landen stated on the radio that he observed a motorcycle on Bandy Road. The corporal confirmed the motorcycle was occupied by two subjects. The deputy advised the corporal to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect Charles Detre, 36 of Ringgold, initiated a vehicle pursuit with the corporal. Shortly after the pursuit started Detre crashed the motorcycle at a high rate of speed. Deputy Miller arrived on the scene with the corporal and assisted. They noticed both Detre and the unknown suspect had taken off on foot. Both deputies ran into the wood line in an attempt to find the suspect. The deputy noticed two bike helmets inside the woods and observed two shoes in the woods, which appeared to be kicked off the other fleeing subject. The deputy also noticed a camouflaged bag stashed behind some trees and thickets. Both deputies spotted Detre lying on the ground a short distance away from the camouflaged bag. The deputies drew their agency-issued firearms, giving verbal commands to Detre. The deputy instructed Detre to show him his hands. Detre was taken into custody by the deputy. The deputies were unable to find the second suspect. Detre was taken to the ambulance to be checked for injuries. A deputy searched the bag that was next to Detre in the woods and found a loaded firearm with one round in the chamber ready to fire, and a large clear baggy with another large baggy inside neatly kept with a large amount of white crystal substance. Both deputies were assisted by the Georgia State Patrol, who worked the crash. Detre stated he did not know the other suspect and uttered that he was picking "Him" up because the other subjects' bike was broken down. Catoosa County dispatch stated they spoke with the property owner, who stated no one is supposed to be on the property at all. Detre was transported to the Catoosa County Jail charged with possession of schedule II controlled substance (felony), possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute (felony), possession of a firearm during the commission of certain crimes (felony), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer.