Chattanooga police officer placed on leave after he reportedly pulled Taser on a man after road rage

Chattanooga police officer placed on leave after he reportedly pulled Taser on a man after road rage

November 22nd, 2011 by Beth Burger in News

Chattanooga Police Officer Gregory Chambers

Photo by Contributed Photo/Times Free Press.

A Chattanooga Police Department officer has been placed on leave pending the outcome of an investigation in which he reportedly pulled a Taser on an Ooltewah man following a road rage incident on Brainerd Road.

Officer Gregory Chambers, 37, who was off duty at the time, had an argument with Christopher Smith after a driving incident, according to a police report.

"He will be on administrative leave initially until we complete our internal investigation," said Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd. "After that he will be placed on personal leave pending the outcome of his court appearance."

Chambers and Smith exchanged words before leaving the scene Saturday, according to a police report.

Smith told deputies that Chambers phoned his home and spoke to Smith's son asking about the vehicle. Smith called the number back, and it was Chambers who answered, according to the report.

A short time later, Smith saw Chambers' white pickup pull in front of his residence at 5512 Pearl St.

Chambers said he went to the residence to see what the problem was. According to Chambers' account, Smith carried a baseball bat. At that point, Chambers said he went for his Taser in the cab of the pickup, according to the report.

Smith yelled for his wife to call deputies, according to a police report.

Chambers was issued a trespass warning for the residence, and a warrant was executed for a charge of assault. On Sunday, he turned himself in on the warrant.

Chambers was released on his own recognizance, and his next court date is set for Jan. 5. before General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck.

Contact staff writer Beth Burger at bburger@timesfree press.com or 423-757-6406.