Suspect in police chase also accused of armed robbery, police impersonation

Suspect in police chase also accused of armed robbery, police impersonation

October 11th, 2018 by Rosana Hughes in Breaking News

Updated at 6:24 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, with more information.

The suspect in Thursday's high speed chase is also a person of interest in an Aug. 15 robbery in which he and another suspect impersonated Chattanooga police officers.

Lajeromeny L. Brown, 40, fled from Chattanooga police after they tried to conduct a felony traffic stop at Jersey Pike and Hancock Road, according to a news release.

Officers followed the vehicle to the 7400 block of Noah Reid Road, which is closed to motor vehicle traffic. At that point, the suspect's vehicle left the roadway and came to a stop after striking the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks, slightly moving one of the rails.

Lajeromeny L. Brown

Lajeromeny L. Brown

Photo by Chattanooga Police Department

No officers or federal agents were injured in the crash, though the suspect did sustain non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, the news release states.

Three Chattanooga police vehicles were damaged in the pursuit.

Brown is considered a violent felon and is a suspect in an Aug. 15 robbery. The victim told police she was outside her home when approached by two men brandishing handguns who yelled "Chattanooga police" and forced their way inside her home.

The suspects held the victim against her will while they stole electronics, a cell phone and a vehicle. Brown is also wanted by federal agents for probation violations.

He faces multiple charges, including aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, aggravated kidnapping, impersonating a police officer and assault on police. More charges could be added as the investigation continues.

In the robbery, Chattanooga police and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are continuing their investigation.

Brown has an arrest record in Hamilton County dating back to 2004, according to online court documents. Most of his older charges include drug and traffic-related violations.

A suspect's vehicle left the roadway and struck the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks near the 7400 block of Noah Reid Road after leading Chattanooga police on a chase Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Photo by Chattanooga Police Department)

Photo by Chattanooga Police Department

A suspect's vehicle left the roadway and struck the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks near the 7400 block of Noah Reid Road after leading Chattanooga police on a chase Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Photo by Chattanooga Police Department)

Photo by Chattanooga Police Department

A suspect's vehicle left the roadway and struck the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks near the 7400 block of Noah Reid Road after leading Chattanooga police on a chase Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Photo by Chattanooga Police Department)

A suspect's vehicle left the roadway and struck the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks near the 7400 block of Noah Reid Road after leading Chattanooga police on a chase Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (Photo by Chattanooga Police Department)