Injuries not serious after deputy hit by car
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Investigation is continuing into an incident in which a Bradley County deputy was struck by a vehicle Sunday morning while working the crime scene where a vehicle was allegedly stolen.

The incident reportedly occurred on Pleasant Grove Lane near Bancroft Road.

According to 911 reports, officials had responded to the area where a truck pulling a trailer had been parked on the roadway.

Two people were inside the truck.

Deputies arrived on the scene and found the two had active warrants in Hamilton County.

While officials were sorting out the details, Bradley County Sheriff’s deputy Ben Clayton was struck by another vehicle that entered the scene and crashed into the rear of the trailer.

Clayton was not seriously injured, reports said.

Both Clayton and the driver of the passenger car that crashed were taken to SkyRidge Medical Center where they were treated and released.

- Bradley County detectives arrested a Charleston resident late last week after video security footage helped identify him as a suspect in two burglaries at Charleston Elementary School.

Drew Dylan Zaleta, 21, was charged with two counts of burglary, theft over $500 and theft over $1,000.

School Resource Officer Paul Silveira was notified Sept. 16, that two Apple iPads were missing from a teacher’s classroom.

On Monday, Detective Zech Pike of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was notified once again about another suspected theft at the school.

Three iPads were noted as being missing.

After viewing video security information, Pike and Silveira were able to identify Zaleta as the suspect.

Further investigation at Zaleta’s home led to the seizure of a pair of shoes which were allegedly worn by Zaleta during the burglary.

According to an affidavit filed by Pike, the shoes were taken into evidence.

Zaleta was arrested and taken to the Bradley County Jail where he was placed under $50,000 bond.

According to Pike, Zaleta was already under a $25,000 bond for previous alleged thefts.

He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.