Domestic call unfolds into pursuit; two charged with evading, drug possession
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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A fire inspection call to a location on Spring Place Road Thursday resulted in Bradley County Fire-Rescue firefighters witnessing an alleged domestic assault and other charges placed against the female offender, and still other charges levied against the person she allegedly assaulted.

Investigation is continuing, according to officials.

Margaret Strickland, 26, reportedly wielded a shotgun in the area where firefighters responded to an illegal burn call. The incident began to unfold just before noon Thursday.

According to reports, the firefighters witnessed the alleged assault, then the two got into a white Honda and left the scene.

While responding to the call, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office deputies spotted the suspect’s vehicle traveling on Spring Place Road.

The driver then attempted to evade them and turned onto Armstrong Road, where he traveled a short distance, then drove the car off the roadway into a nearby clearing.

Strickland and Bryan Hale, 26, who was identified later as the driver, exited the car and led deputies on a foot pursuit. Deputies were aware the suspects were armed.

Both were taken into custody a short time later, according to the report.

After further investigation, deputies learned Strickland had thrown a .410-gauge shotgun out the sunroof of the car just after the couple turned onto Armstrong Road.

Deputies located the weapon.

According to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Hale was charged with felony evading, possession of Schedule VI narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.

Strickland was charged with possession of Schedule VI narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of aggravated assault, aggravated domestic violence, especially aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Both were taken to the Bradley County Jail and booked on the charges.

- Devan Blade Cartwright, 22, and Kea Wooten, 18, were arrested and charged with burglary and theft over $1,000 after detectives continued their effort this week to solve a church burglary.

The burglary at Michigan Avenue Baptist Church was reported late last week.

According to the report, electronics were among the items taken.

Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, said the burglary occurred between Tuesday and Friday and was reported by a church member.

Sound equipment, a dehumidifier and a DVD/VCR machine had been taken.

“Early in the investigation, detectives found a DVD/VCR unit and dehumidifier that was part of the stolen property in pawn shop records. Several leads developed as a result of the discovery helped detectives identify the suspects and make a full recovery of sound equipment belonging to the church at the pawnshop and two other locations,” Gault said.

Cartwright and Wooten were arrested and bond for each was set at $2,000, according to Gault.