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HCSO Involved in Late Night Pursuit – Suspect Arrested


Hamilton County, TN – On Sunday night, February 24th at approximately 11:45 pm, a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputy witnessed a vehicle run a red light on Highway 153. The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle at which time the vehicle fled. While driving in a parking lot of a business, the passenger attempted to exit the vehicle, but was allegedly pulled back into the vehicle.

The deputy pursued the vehicle north on Dayton Pike at which time Soddy Daisy Police Department officers joined in the pursuit. The driver of the vehicle evaded several attempts made by deputies throughout the pursuit to stop the vehicle. Soddy Daisy Police attempted to spike-strip the vehicle without success. Due to safety concerns, the pursuit was terminated.

The vehicle was then spotted by Red Bank Police personnel a few minutes later at which time RBPD personnel attempted to pursue the vehicle. The pursuit then continued on I-75 north where HCSO rejoined the pursuit. HCSO deputies were eventually able to stop the vehicle after the vehicle rammed a HCSO patrol unit. At that time, the male driver exited the vehicle and deputies pursued him on foot for approximately 100 yards. The female passenger remained at the vehicle.

Upon further investigation, deputies found that the vehicle had a stolen tag.

The driver of the vehicle, Dustin Draughon, was found to have a revoked driver’s license for DUI and a warrant for Auto Theft. The passenger, Brandice Cox, being an unwilling participant and not having any warrants, was released at the scene.

HCSO transported Draughon to the Hamilton County Jail where he was booked on numerous charges.

Drug paraphernalia was also found in the vehicle.

No further details are available at this time.

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