A chase that started in Tennessee moved across state lines into Dade and Walker County yesterday. The U-Haul van was being pursued by agencies from Grundy, Marion and Hamilton Counties when it cross state lines into Walker County. The van later crashed on Highway 136 in Dade County. Authorties say that the van flipped over a concrete barrier. There were injuries in the accident. Check Discoverdade.com for more details as more becomes available.
On Sunday April 16, 2023 at approximately 8:00PM, Dade County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were advised by dispatch that Grundy County, TN Deputies were in pursuit of a U-Haul Van on Highway 136 coming up Lookout Mountain from Walker County, GA.
Dade County Deputies responded to Lookout Mountain to intercept the pursuit, and Trenton PD Officers set up spike strips at the base of Lookout Mountain on Highway 136.
While approaching the “cut” at the top of Lookout on the Trenton side, the driver continued straight instead of making the hard right turn (at a high rate of speed), which resulted in him striking the concrete barriers and flipping over into the trees. The vehicle came to rest on its top.
Dade County, Grundy County, and Marion County Deputies found the driver entrapped inside the vehicle. After some creativity by our Deputies, they were able to extricate the subject from the heavily damaged vehicle and turn him over to EMS.
The driver (Barry May of Waukegan, Illinois) was transported to the hospital by EMS with non life-threatening injuries.
He had an active warrant out of Illinois, and charges related to this chase are pending.
No deputies or bystanders were injured, and no patrol vehicles were damaged during this pursuit.