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HCSO Deputies Involved in Pursuit into Georgia


Hamilton County, TN – On Friday, May 24, 2024, at approximately 6:00 pm, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 3600 block of Bentwood Cove Drive for the report of an intoxicated party. The reporting party stated Cody Headrick was outside of the residence yelling and screaming in the roadway and then tried to pull the bumper off his car. She also stated he tried to break the window out of his vehicle and was yelling at cars as they drove by. Additionally, dispatch advised that Cody did show to have an active misdemeanor warrant out of Catoosa County.

Prior to arriving on scene, deputies were notified that Cody left the residence at a high rate of speed in his vehicle, headed towards East Brainerd Road. Deputies located Cody in his vehicle exiting Bentwood Cove Drive onto East Brainerd Road where they attempted a traffic stop, however Cody immediately began to evade, making a left turn onto Cherokee Valley Road. Deputies pursued Cody down Cherokee Valley Road, but the decision was made to terminate the pursuit.

A short time later, deputies once again located the vehicle near the 10,000 block of East Brainerd Road. Deputies confirmed the vehicle belonged to Headrick and began to follow it during which time he was observed driving erratically including swerving in and out of the lane. Deputies also learned from dispatchers that Headrick was believed to have been involved in an Aggravated Assault at the Publix located at 1688 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road prior to the initial incident they were dispatched to at Bentwood Cove Drive.

Deputies once again attempted a traffic stop in the 1000 block of Ooltewah-Ringgold Road and Cody immediately began to evade at a high rate of speed. A pursuit ensued that would eventually traverse numerous roadways until Cody eventually turned onto Interstate 75 southbound towards Georgia.

With the assistance of the Georgia State Patrol and additional Georgia law enforcement agencies, Headrick's vehicle was stopped in the middle lane of I-75 at exit 336. Once stopped, Cody ignored verbal commands to exit the vehicle, however he was tazed and quickly taken into custody without additional incident.

After Cody was in custody, the odor of alcoholic beverage could be smelled emitting from his person. Additionally, an assisting officer from the Ringgold Police Department advised that after the initial pursuit was discontinued, Cody came into the City of Ringgold where they were having a festival and drove through a crowd of people. It was indicated Coty would face additional charges for this incident.

Regarding the alleged aggravated assault at the Publix at 1688 Ooltewah-Ringgold Road, deputies determined there was sufficient evidence to charge Headrick with Disorderly Conduct and Aggravated Assault.

Headrick was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol and transported to the Whitfield County Jail where he will be charged with Driving Under the Influence.

In addition to the aforementioned charges, for the incidents occurring in Hamilton County, Headrick will be charged with the following:

• Driving Under the Influence (TCA 55-10-401)

• Felony Evading (TCA 39-16-603)

• Reckless Endangerment (TCA 39-13-103)

The HCSO would like to especially thank our law enforcement partners in Georgia who helped bring this pursuit to an end, especially the Georgia State Patrol.

No further details are available at this time.

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