Chattanooga Man Takes Service Truck for Joy Ride in Dade


A joy ride and a pork chop dinner is all the benefits one man received from vehicle theft in Dade County.

On Tuesday, July 21, a call regarding the theft of a service vehicle from the Kangaroo by Ingle’s came into the 911 center.  Trenton City Police responded to the call, which came in at 11:30 p.m., and put out a BOLO for a white box truck. Trenton Police Chief Christy Smith said according to reports a suspicious man wearing camo and a cowboy hat was seen around the vehicle.  The vehicle had last been seen on Highway 136 westbound. 

It was not long before Dade County Deputies spotted the stolen box truck at the top of the exit ramp at Exit 169, the Wildwood Exit.  Missing from the truck was the driver’s cellphone and pork chop lunch.

Deputies later found the man in camo and wearing a cowboy hat walking down the interstate. David Dewayne Eddington of Chattanooga, TN was arrested. Eddington had the keys to the stolen service truck in his pocket. Eddington was charged with Theft by Taking Felony; Giving False Name, Address or Birthdate to Law Enforcement Officer; and  Driving While License Suspended or Revoked.