Burglary suspect injures 3 in Saturday morning crash
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Three people were injured in a crash Saturday morning after the driver of an SUV who was a suspect in a car burglary, ran a traffic sign and crashed into another vehicle.

According to Evie West, information officer for Cleveland Police Department, Christopher Stringer, 21, was arrested and charged with felony reckless endangerment, driving on suspended liscense, stop sign violation, financial responsibility, auto burglary and theft.

West said CPD officer J.R. Burnette was dispatched just after 7:30 a.m., to a theft of items taken from motor vehicles on Fulbright Road. While enroute to the victim, he noticed a blue Chevy Tracker SUV matching the description of the suspect's vehicle heading in the opposite direction. Burnette made a U-turn on 25th Street at which point he observed the suspect vehicle turning southbound on Chambliss Avenue.

Burnette initiated his emergency equipment and turned southbound on Chambliss as well.

Burnette stated that the suspect vehicle was traveling at what seemed to be a high rate of speed. Due to the traffic on Chambliss Ave., Burnette was unable to catch up to the suspect vehicle. Near the 2200 block of Chambliss Avenue, Burnette, observed the suspect vehicle fail to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Chambliss Avenue and 20th Street and crash into a silver Nissan Quest minivan. The driver and passenger of the minivan, were transported to Skyridge Medical enterwith injuries. A third person transported to the hospital was a passenger inside Stringer’s SUV, according to West.

Stringer’s vehicle was impounded and the alleged stolen property was recovered.

Stringer was taken to the Bradley County Jail and booked on the charges.

n Deputy Darren Miller of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office filed a report regarding a burglary that was reported at a Maple Crest Circle address.

Jessica Norris said someone broke into her home sometime Tuesday while she was away. When she returned later that evening, Norris noticed a door open that led to her basement.

Norris then discovered several items missing.

An Xbox 360, a Sony PlayStation, an iPhone, an Apple router, gaming box, controllers and other items were taken, including some loose change.

Detective Dewayne Scoggins was notified of the burglary and responded to the residence to begin further investigation.

According to the report, the missing items were valued at $1,205.

- Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit reported school zones went well the first two days of classes for Bradley County Schools.

They were joined by the patrol division, the Special Response team and school resource officers, keeping a close eye on school zones and reminding motorists reduced speed limits are in effect and are being enforced, according to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for BCSO.

- Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting Safety Belt checkpoints in Bradley County today.

The checkpoints will be set up in random location in the county.

THP officials will also be holding Driver License Roadside Safety Checkpoints in Polk County beginning this weekend.

According to THP officials, checkpoints are an effective means of recognizing the dangers presented to the driving public, by motorists who would violate the drivers license laws of the state.

All scheduled checkpoints are contingent upon weather conditions and manpower availability.