A Chattanooga man and Cleveland woman were arrested early Monday after leading officers on a multi-county pursuit.
Lenoir City Police and Loudon County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded around 1:50 a.m. to a burglary alarm at a gas station at the intersection of Highways 70 and 321. The alarm was set off by glass breaking after someone tried to enter the front door, according to an LCSO release.
A witness provided a vehicle description and tag number, which came back stolen out of Bradley County.
LCSO Deputy Cole Rogers spotted the car shortly after and attempted a traffic stop at Oakland Road and Interstate 75. The driver, Terry Lynn Highfield, 65, refused to stop, leading deputies on a pursuit through Loudon and Monroe counties.
Highfield and his passenger, Vanessa L. Starcher, 42, were rendered disabled by Loudon Police Officer Brandon Nix at Steekee Road. The duo was arrested without further incident.
Highfield was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, felony evading and driving under the influence with additional charges expected from Lenoir City and Walker County, Ga., authorities. Highfield boasts more than 20 burglary and evading arrest charges on his criminal record. Starcher was charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics and two felony warrants out of Bradley County, according to a release.
Highfield and Starcher were both arraigned at 10 a.m. Tuesday after News-Herald presstime.