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HCSO Deputies Involved in Pursuit on Highway 58


Hamilton County, TN – On Friday, June 24, 2022, at approximately 4:45 pm, a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to stop a suspected stolen blue station wagon on Highway 58. After running the tag, it was found it belonged to a stolen station wagon wanted out of Huntsville, Tennessee. As deputies attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued southbound on Highway 58.

The pursuit would lead deputies throughout several roads leading off Highway 58. Once returning to Highway 58, the suspect vehicle would travel north until it crossed the median where it collided with a HCSO patrol unit trying to stop it from driving into oncoming traffic. At that time, the vehicle came to a stop, the suspect fled on foot, and was later apprehended by deputies after a short foot pursuit.

The suspect was transported by HCEMS to a local medical facility for medical review as a precaution. Fortunately, the deputy involved in the crash did not sustain injuries.

The suspect has been identified as Randy Ridge of Harrison, Tennessee. He is currently facing charges of multiple traffic violations, Theft of Property, Reckless endangerment, and Felony Evading. In addition to tonight’s charges, Ridge has outstanding warrants for Driving on suspended, Theft, and Failure to Appear.

This incident remains under investigation. No further details are available.

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