By Kyle Presley, Managing Editor
After a car pursuit through three counties Wednesday, Chatsworth man Billy Williams managed to evade law enforcement- -but only for a day.
According to Murray County Sheriff Gary Langford, an anonymous tip brought law enforcement to 2230 Jim Petty Road, where Williams was apprehended Thursday.
According to Chief Deputy Jimmy Davenport, he and other deputies arrived at about 6:30 P.M. last Thursday, where he said Williams charged several deputies with a vehicle, and one deputy whose name has not been released, fired at the driver’s side front tire resulting in a blowout and Williams immediately wrecking the vehicle in a nearby ditch. Davenport said that Williams fled on foot, but was apprehended within a half hour as law enforcement searched the area.
Davenport and MCSO Sgt. Tom Rhodes apprehended the suspect, who Davenport says was no longer able to evade pursuit due to a previous ankle injury.
“When Mr. Davenport and Sergeant Rhodes apprehended him, he let them know he was hurt,” said Langford.
Williams had evaded law enforcement the previous day on foot in Bradley County, Tenn, after a PIT maneuver put an end to the high speed chase, according to a news report from WRCB Chattanooga. Witnesses in Murray County reported witnessing the chase on the north end of Murray County.
“Our deputies knew the intentions of the suspect, and knew he was dangerous,” said Davenport. “They are true professionals the way they handled the situation and I’m glad no one got hurt.”
The deputy who discharged his weapon during Thursday’s altercation has been placed on paid administrative leave while the GBI investigates use of force, but Sheriff Langford maintained that was standard procedure.
Davenport said after the arrest, Williams was taken to Hamilton Medical Center, and was then sent to Erlanger for an ankle injury sustained previously to Thursday’s incident.
As of last Friday, Williams was in Murray County Jail lockup and charged with four counts of aggravated assault and possession of a schedule four controlled substance.
Also in the vehicle’s passenger seat was Kimberly Fulmer who was arrested by MCSO and charged with four counts of aggravated assault and hindering apprehension or punishment of criminal.
As of last Friday, a search warrant was being executed on the vehicle.