Missouri pair seriously injured after pursuit of stolen minivan ends with PIT on I-75 in Catoosa Co.
According to the Georgia State Patrol: "On July 3, 2020, at 8:52 p.m., Sgt. Gideon made contact with a possible stolen vehicle on I-75 South at Exit 326 (Carbondale Road). Sgt. Gideon was alerted to the stolen vehicle, a 2019 Dodge Caravan, by TFC Terry. TFC Terry received an alert from License Plate Readers that are located near the Catoosa County Weigh Station. The suspect of the stolen vehicle exited at Carbondale Road and turned back onto I-75 North. Sgt. Gideon attempted a traffic stop with the suspect. The suspect did not stop initiating a pursuit. The suspect exceeded the speed limit and drove recklessly through traffic, in the area of mile marker 352, Sgt. Gideon performed a successful PIT maneuver. The suspect's vehicle struck the outside guardrail, but the suspect was able to regain control and continued to flee. Sgt. Gideon performed a second PIT maneuver within one-half mile. The suspect's vehicle traveled through the outside guardrail and overturned—the left rear of Sgt. Gideon's patrol car struck the inside guardrail while he was attempting to drive through the PIT. The male driver David John Elliot, 41 of Missouri, and female passenger Mardel Lynn January, 55 of Missouri were both. The female was flown from the scene by Life Force. Both subjects were transported to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN. The vehicle was confirmed stolen from Florida. The suspect had active warrants for his arrest for in Idaho, and he was driving on a suspended Missouri driver's license. The female passenger was found to have suspected methamphetamine in her possession. SFC Thompson (Post 43) and Cpl. Smith (SCRT-A) responded to the scene to investigate the crash. Both will have warrants taken for charges related to this incident. GSP does not have the list of charges at this time. The crash and incident reports are not complete." (Contributed photo)