Hamilton County, TN (WDEF) – A police chase early Friday morning ended with a car in a river, one person dead, and another person in custody. According to a press release, a Hamilton County Sheriff deputy noticed a blue Chevy driving erratically shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Highway 60. The deputy then attempted to stop the vehicle when the car took off.
The Hamilton County Sheriff deputy began a pursuit of the vehicle as it sped towards Rhea County. The car entered a boat ramp on Blythe Ferry Road where it turned around, coming back towards the deputy. The car passed the deputy and veered off the boat ramp. The car flipped over and became fully submerged in the water.
While taking the suspect driver into custody, officials were informed that there was a passenger in the car. Hamilton County Sheriff deputies, along with deputies from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and Rhea County Sheriff’s Office, attempted to rescue the passenger but were forced to exit the waters due to the weather conditions.
The passenger was found deceased when the car was later recovered.
The suspect driver, identified as 38 year old Daniel Peak, was taken into custody by deputies and is currently at the Hamilton County Jail on charges relative to traffic violations from the pursuit and narcotics violations.