Two career criminals have added new chapters to their wrap sheets after crashing into multiple vehicles while leading authorities in a high-speed chase through Catoosa County in a stolen truck, police say.
According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department:
Carl Gregory Smart, 28, and Travis Allen Brenner, 24, both of Hamilton County, Tenn., were arrested Oct. 9 in Hamilton County on charges of aggravated assault, evading arrest, and resisting arrest. Smart garnered additional charges of theft of property, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, and driving on a revoked license.
Smart has been released from jail while Brenner remains in Hamilton County jail with bond set at $20,000.
The duo's run-in with authorities began just after 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, when deputies received a tip that the two men were headed to the area of Scruggs Road in a stolen vehicle.
The vehicle, a maroon 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, was stolen from a residence on Lonesome Dove Lane in the WindStone community of Catoosa County around 7 a.m. on Wednesday Oct. 4.
Cpl. Deric North and multiple deputies waited in the area of Scruggs Road and Cloud Springs Road and eventually tried to initiate a traffic stop of the truck.
When the truck arrived, North said, he activated his siren and lights for a stop, but the driver accelerated down Carrol Drive.
After almost getting the truck stuck in a ditch, North said, the truck backed over a mailbox and nearly ran him over as well.
"The vehicle intentionally turned toward me and accelerated in an attempt to flee," Cpl. North said. "I had to quickly re-enter my vehicle and reverse to avoid being struck."
A few moments later, the truck crashed into the patrol vehicle of Deputy Justin Ruth, reports show.
The chase continued along U.S. Highway 41 and eventually onto I-75 into Tennessee.
Agencies from Hamilton County, Tenn., joined in on the pursuit, which ended with the truck crashing into a second vehicle at an intersection near Shallowford Road. After that wreck, Smart and Brenner took off on foot.
Brenner was caught by officers from the Chattanooga Police Department, while North and deputies were able to eventually get Smart into custody after tasing him three times.
"I applied a drive stun to the center of the offender's back, he stated, 'okay I give up, don't tase me again'," North explained.
No one was injured during the ordeal and the two men were transported to Hamilton County jail without further incident.
Before being taken to jail, both men admitted to being active members of the Aryan Nations white supremacist group.
After the chase, North said, he was informed by members of the East Ridge (Tenn.) Police Department that Smart, Brenner, and the truck were possibly involved in a shooting incident in East Ridge earlier that day.
"I was looking inside the vehicle from the outside and observed a small silver handgun in the back seat lying on a backpack," North said. "I was later advised that a spent shell casing along with other items related to the possible shooting were also in the vehicle."
The theft of the truck and the subsequent chase were the latest transgressions by the two men, who've each piled up a laundry list of arrests over the past few years.
This arrest made an even dozen for Smart since the spring of 2011, while Brenner's arrest is his sixth this year alone, and his 17th since April of 2012.
Both men have a history involving robbery, burglary, assault, drug and weapons charges.