A Ringgold man was arrested after he allegedly ran from police and hid under a vehicle in a stranger's garage, police say.
According to the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department:
Tommy Trucker Collins, 26, of Edwards Lane, was arrested on Dec. 27 on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude, obstruction of officers, no insurance, criminal trespassing, driving on while license suspended, failure to stop at a stop sign, suspended registration, possession of amphetamine, and a cracked windshield.
Collins was released from jail on bond three days later on Dec. 30.
Deputy Katherine Moody encountered Collins along U.S. 41 near Graysville Road around 4:30 p.m. that day and attempted to pull him over due to a heavily damaged windshield.
Collins had other ideas, and instead kept on driving unphased.
"Mr. Collins stuck his hand out of the window gesturing that he was going to pull over, but continued at his rate of speed," deputy Moody said.
Collins eventually made it to McLemore Lane, where he finally stopped the car and took off from Moody on foot.
"He jumped the fence into a yard off Cindy Lane," Moody said.
Moody shot her taser at Collins, but missed, reports show.
Additional officers arrived shortly thereafter, and helped search the area for Collins.
Eventually, a resident on Cindy Lane exited his home with a shotgun in hand and informed officers that a white male had run into his garage.
Moody and two others were able to find Collins hiding under a vehicle in the man's garage, reports show.
Collins was taken into custody without further incident, and dispatch reported that he also had an outstanding warrant out for possession of methamphetamine.
Collins is no stranger to the Sheriff's Department. In December 2010, he was arrested on multiple obstruction, assault, and battery charges when he threatened deputies and kicked out the window of a patrol car while being arrested for domestic violence.
Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.