Officer seriously injured in North Georgia chase


6:00 UPDATE:

The injured officer is Chief Deputy Tommy Bradford.  We have held off identifying him at the request of the Dade County Sheriff’s Dept.

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Fort Payne Police Chief Randy Bynum says the incident began this morning at 11:50 at a resident on Valley View Avenue.

A neighbor reported a suspicious truck had backed into a driveway, and pickup up something out of the carport.

An officer spotted the vehicle and tried to stop it.

The chase went from Greenhill Blvd to Highway 11 north and eventually into Georgia.

The chief says there was only one suspect in the pickup.

35 year old Laura Leann Wooten was taken into custody after crashing into the Courthouse square.


There will be a prayer vigil for the critically injured deputy tonight at 7:30 at Jenkins Park in Trenton.

Dade Deputy injured


3:40 PM: According to the Dade County PIO Chad Payne, the injured deputy is now in critical condition, possibly facing surgery.

He says the fleeing pickup truck had a male driver and a female passenger.

The chase started in the Fort Payne area and headed up Highway 11.

They were wanted as burglary suspects.

The chase involved both DeKalb County and Dade County officers when they crossed the state line.  Speeds topped a hundred miles an hour.

The officer was trying to lay down spike strips when the speeding pickup hit him.

Some officers stopped to render him assistance, while the chase continued into Trenton.

The pickup finally hit a pole at the town square.

Both suspects were injured in the wreck, and taken into custody.


UPDATE: 2 scenes in the Trenton area now are blocked off:

  1. Church Street near the Courthouse square where the vehicle crashed
  2. Hwy 11 South of Trenton at the ballfields, where officer was hit

Please avoid the intersections.


TRENTON, Georgia (WDEF) – A Dade County deputy has been seriously injured during a high speed chase.

Sources tell us the chase began in northeast Alabama around Fort Payne.

Officers pursued the car up highway 11.

About two miles south of Trenton, the officer was putting out spike strips to stop the driver.

Authorities tell us that’s when the fleeing vehicle hit the officer on the side of the road at a high rate of speed.

The officer was flown by air ambulance to Chattanooga with serious injuries.

The suspect vehicle apprently kept going into Trenton, where it crashed at the courthouse.

The suspect is now in custody.

We’ll have more details as they become available.