Matthew Gregory Tinker

Matthew Gregory Tinker

A LaFayette man led police on a high-speed chase reaching speeds over 100 mph after allegedly stealing a vehicle in Chickamauga.

According to LaFayette Police Department reports, on Monday, Dec. 4, around 8 p.m., police were informed of a "be on the look out" for a stolen 2008 GM Envoy that was reported by Chickamauga Police Department.

A Walker County Emergency Services fire engine was following the stolen vehicle as it reached the LaFayette Walmart on U.S. Highway 27 where LaFayette police began pursuit. The suspect's vehicle reached up to 110 mph. He continued along North Main Street to South Main Street and West Main Street.

Police lost sight of the vehicle after the suspect attempted a right turn onto Colerain Street from Crane Street near the wastewater treatment plant and Harbor Lights Baptist Church.

The suspect had crashed the vehicle and entered the woods near the wastewater treatment plant on foot.

K-9 officer "Carlos" was called to the scene and soon located the suspect on the east side of the fence of the plant. "Carlos" made contact with the suspect's left knee as additional officers arrived and placed the suspect into custody.

Arrested was 18-year-old Matthew Gregory Tinker of LaFayette.

An ambulance soon arrived to check on Tinker's injuries.

Tinker waived his Miranda rights and claimed he did not know who the car belonged to and took it from Gordon Lee High School.

Chickamauga Detective Ira Taylor arrived to the scene and charged Tinker with vehicle theft.

The stolen vehicle was located 155 feet into the woods near a downed tree.

Tinker was transported to Cornerstone Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe due to injuries sustained.

Tinker was later brought to the Walker County Jail where he was also charged with one count of fleeing or attempting to allude a police officer, one count of failure to maintain lane and three counts of passing in a no passing zone.

Tinker also faces one count of theft of motor vehicle in Chickamauga.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at