Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Ricky Ray identified Julian D.J. Taylor, 23, as the suspect who crashed a 2013 Cadillac on Interstate 75 Tuesday afternoon, after he reportedly sped away from a traffic stop.
The pursuit began near Paul Huff Parkway and ended at mile marker 36 on I-75.
Taylor, a University Park, Ill., resident, reportedly took the car from a Smyrna dealership.
According to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for BCSO, the dealership had not reported the car missing until after Special Investigations Unit detectives began looking into why Taylor led officers in a pursuit.
The Cadillac was valued at $44,985.
Initial reports filed indicated Taylor was stopped because a possible violation of registration. The license tag information reportedly didn’t match the vehicle on which it was displayed.
As Criminal Interdiction deputies approached the car during the stop, Taylor waited until they got to the rear of the car and sped away, according to reports.
Taylor proceeded north on I-75, then exited in Charleston, traveled toward Walker Valley High School located on Lauderdale Memorial Highway, then did a U-turn and headed back toward the interstate.
“He then got back on the interstate northbound,” Gault said.
Gault noted the car went down an embankment and rolled onto its top after crashing.
Traffic along the interstate was snarled as an investigation was conducted into the crash and why the driver attempted to evade law enforcement.
Taylor is also charged with resisting arrest, misuse of plates, evading and reckless endangerment.
He is currently held at the Bradley County Jail.
n A two-car crash near Keith and 20th streets Thursday also sent utilities crashing down.
According to 911 reports, the crash occurred just after 6:30 p.m.
Minor injuries were reported.
The reports indicated a passenger car and a Ford Explorer collided, sending the car into the creek near the Greenway, and the Explorer crashing into a utility pole.
Traffic lights and wiring dropped into the roadway.
Cleveland Fire Department first responders extricated one victim from the car.
According to the report, Cleveland Utilities crews worked for several hours restoring the traffic lighting and pole.
Cleveland Police Department is in charge of the investigation.
Bradley County Emergency Medical Service transported one person to a local hospital, according to the report.