East Ridge: Officer injured during chase

East Ridge: Officer injured during chase

February 25th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

An East Ridge police officer was injured while chasing a man suspected of dealing drugs Friday, according to police spokesman Erik Hopkins.

Around 5 p.m. Friday afternoon, police were investigating a possible drug deal near the Food Lion at 4340 Ringgold Road. As officers arrived, the male driver of a white SUV they were watching attempted to drive away, Hopkins said.

After a brief pursuit the driver and a female passenger jumped out and ran. Officers chased them through several yards and over a 6-foot chain-link fence. As the police closed in, the man attempted to pull a hunting knife from his belt, Hopkins' release said.

The officers stopped the man from using the knife, but one was cut on his upper body while scaling the fence and broke his thumb while subduing the suspect, Hopkins said.

James M. Richards, 36, of Crossville, Tenn., was charged with aggravated assault on police, felony evading arrest, felony vandalism, possession of Schedule II drugs for resale and driving on a suspended license.

The woman in the SUV was identified as Patricia A. Loshbough, 41, of Crossville. She was charged with evading arrest.

Richards and Loshbough are scheduled to appear in East Ridge Municipal Court on Tuesday.

The injured police officer will remain on paid medical leave while undergoing surgery on his thumb, Hopkins said.