Theft Suspects Lead Police On Wild Chase Through East Ridge

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Kevin Wayne Cook
Kevin Wayne Cook

Two theft suspects led police on a wild chase through East Ridge early Thursday afternoon. Their Cadillac finally wrecked and one of the men was apprehended.

At about 12:08 p.m., East Ridge Police responded to report of suspicious activity on Lanoir Street.

Police observed a silver Cadillac sedan whose occupants had been observed committing theft in that area. 

As police attempted to conduct an investigative traffic stop in order to identify the Cadillac’s occupants, the vehicle fled from police south on Marlboro Avenue. Police coordinated a pursuit of the vehicle that terminated on Karwill Lane in East Ridge. 

The Cadillac had crossed Ringgold Road and traveled back roads before connecting to McBrien Road and again to Ringgold Road. The Cadillac left the roadway on multiple occasions to travel across yards and parking lots while attempting to avoid police. There were multiple incidents of property damage but no injuries. 

The vehicle crashed through a fence and into a parked vehicle on Karwill Lane before becoming inoperable. Both the driver and passenger then ran from the vehicle. 

The driver was apprehended on the back grounds of Fellowship Baptist Church on Clemons Road and was identified as Kevin Cook, 29. The passenger was not apprehended and has not been positively identified.


The Cadillac was found to have been stolen. 

Cook is charged with felony evading arrest, felony reckless endangerment, theft under $500, and theft over $10,000. He is scheduled to appear in East Ridge Court on Tuesday.

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