published Monday, January 9th, 2012

Tear gas used to get Catoosa County man out of motel room

Catoosa County authorities arrested a man who locked himself and his girlfriend inside a motel room until officers fired tear gas inside.

Joseph Kelley, whose age was not released, faces multiple charges, which also were not released, said Catoosa County Sheriff’s Maj. Gary Sisk. Kelley may be sent for a medical evaluation, Sisk said.

The arrest came after domestic disturbance call was made at this afternoon at the Dixie Motel in Ringgold, Sisk said

When six to seven deputies tried to enter the motel room, Kelley refused to let anyone inside, Sisk said. Kelley kept a stand-off with his girlfriend inside for almost an hour until officers released tear gas into the room, Sisk said.

“We just took the precautions we felt like we needed to,” he said.

Kelley had been living in the motel with his girlfriend and there were reports of fighting and possible suicide attempts, Sisk said.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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