Freeway Drag Racing Cases Bound To The Grand Jury

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Charges against four men involving drag racing on Interstate 75 and Highway 153 have been bound to the Grand Jury without a hearing.

Brandon McDaniel, 23, of Ooltewah; Jack McKenley, 33, of Ooltewah; Brandon Green, 23, of Chattanooga, and Keith Ratcliff, 24, of Cleveland, Tn., appeared before General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck.

Judge Shattuck earlier told attorneys he would not go along with reduced charges due to the facts in the case.

Police said onlookers gathered by the highways to watch both races in which drivers in souped-up vehicles reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Chattanooga Police traffic investigators said they received word of a loosely-organized illegal street racing event that occurred on the interstate in Chattanooga during the late evening hours on Dec. 27.

Police said, "This illegal street race involved several heavily modified cars drag racing on I-75 northbound near Hamilton Place Mall. It was witnessed by several people standing along the concrete barrier next to the interstate who videoed the illegal races.

"Officers later received word that more racing would occur last Friday night/early Saturday morning in the same location. Using unmarked vehicles and video cameras, traffic investigators set up a sting to record the racing and then make arrests/citations."

Four vehicles were videotaped racing on Highway 153 southbound to I-75 northbound. These vehicles slowed the traffic behind them to a crawl (less than 15-20 mph), then simultaneously accelerated to speeds in excess of 100 mph before exiting the interstate.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BAILEY, SHARMINEY 7598 W HWY 136 CHICHAMAUGA, 30707 24 Chattanooga AGGRAVATED ROBBERY CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION BOLES, BRANDON LEE 422 SANDALWOOD DRIVE HIXSON, 37343 22 Hamilton County DOMESTIC ASSAULT VANDALISM/MALICIOUS MISCHIEF CAISSIE, HOLLI AMANDA 78 FALLBROOK LANE RINGGOLD, ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BAILEY, SHARMINEY 7598 W HWY 136 CHICHAMAUGA, 30707 24 Chattanooga AGGRAVATED ROBBERY CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION BOLES, BRANDON LEE 422 SANDALWOOD DRIVE HIXSON, 37343 22 Hamilton County DOMESTIC ASSAULT VANDALISM/MALICIOUS MISCHIEF CAISSIE, HOLLI AMANDA 78 FALLBROOK LANE RINGGOLD, ... (click for more)

Lawlessness At Heritage Park

As a frequent visitor at Heritage Park in East Brainerd, I must say that the situation is becoming slightly out of control.  To start, parking is atrocious.  The unpaved lot contains nothing but loose gravel which has naturally given way to divots in the ground assuring you a few bumps.  Why isn't this area smoothed out?  It's not worth parking there anyways ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A ‘Black Friday’ Poem

On this, “Black Friday,” when frantic shopping and crowded aisles cause some nerves to wear thin, please allow me to share a poem a friend sent me not long ago called “Shoes in Church.” Perhaps it will be fitting: SHOES IN CHURCH I showered and shaved. I adjusted my tie. I got there and sat In a pew just in time. Bowing my head in prayer, as I closed my eyes. I saw ... (click for more)

Alcoa Run Game Has Notre Dame's Attention In 3A Semis

Notre Dame defensive lineman Robert Murphy has a good handle on what defending Class 3A champion Alcoa is likely to do against the Irish in Friday night’s semifinal playoff game at Finley Stadium. Game time is 7 p.m. “We know their running game is very powerful,” Murphy said. “They like to pound the ball and run it down your throat.” That’s exactly what the top-ranked ... (click for more)

UTC Men Defeat Coastal Carolina,78-67

UTC’s Ronrico White is use to pre-game shoot arounds, but Wednesday’s “almost midnight madness practice” 14 hours prior to tipoff against Coastal Carolina was out of the ordinary but highly effective. “My shooting touch was off (2 for 14 in the last three games) so Coach Wes Long called a shoot around for late last night and we made some adjustments in my technique and it paid ... (click for more)