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.

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