A disabled woman, a Vet were involved, the woman is recovering. None of that was relevant when this happened.
Wright believed his wife was having a stroke, he didn't use the 911 system because he believed that he could get her to hospital quicker. He called the hospital direct, drove to the ER fast, and through red lights. Not recklessly; he had his warning lights flashing.
A police officer was alerted & followed Wright with his lights flashing. Wright ignored the officer's requests to stop & ignored the officer after he got out of his car and carried his wife into the ER.
CPD website: "The mission of the Chattanooga Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in the City of Chattanooga by working cooperatively with the public and within the framework of the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Tennessee to enforce the laws, preserve the peace, maintain order, reduce crime and fear, and provide for a safe environment."
Wright is guilty of misdemeanour traffic violations. He didn't stop when a police officer requested he stop.
The officer should have enforced the law by making Wright stop. From then on, Wright and the officer were not able to make a medical judgment except realize that delay may be fatal to Mrs Wright. After becoming aware of the emergency, the officer should have escorted the Wrights to the ER & ensure they arrived ASAP. But he was not aware until arriving at the ER.
When he arrived, the officer should have realized the emergency and enabled Wright to get his wife into ER ASAP. Once she was there, the officer could have advised Mr Wright of his traffic violations. But he did not do this. Instead, he continued to act without care for the Wrights, he failed to act according to the obvious fact of a medical emergency.
By behaving in that way, the officer failed to fulfill his role as a representative of the CPD.
He did not fulfill what the CPD proclaims as its mission. He is guilty of obstruction of persons who were in progress of a medical emergency. He is responsible for any and all events that happened from that point on because he should have realized that Wright was making a highly emotional attempt to get his wife to the ER. He should have allowed Wright the benefit of doubt and known that it was unlikely that Mr Wright would attempt to flee.
The issue of felony charges against Mr Wright suggest that the ones responsible for issuing them were similarly responsible for failure to do what was right by somebody they were bound to protect.
All but the traffic violation charges MUST be dropped. If Wright loses his job because of those felony charges, he should be compensated by the CPD who acted in a manner that did not respect the urgency of the situation, and with an inability to recognize it when apprised of it. His employers should be expected to reinstate Wright.