Man accused of leading police through I-75 chase is heading to the grand jury

Man accused of leading police through I-75 chase is heading to the grand jury

August 30th, 2016 by Zack Peterson in Local Regional News

James Bryan Miller

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

A man arrested for leading police on a chase that included speeding down the wrong way on Interstate 75 is heading to the grand jury.

Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Lila Statom said today there is enough proof for James Bryan Miller's case to go onward. He faces numerous burglary, theft, fraudulent use of credit card, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges.

During a preliminary hearing today, prosecutors called numerous witnesses who detailed the spree that police say Miller took on Aug. 1, endangering I-75 drivers near Ooltewah with two flat tires and a chain-link fence dragging behind him.

Prosecutors also summoned two witnesses who said they were robbed by Miller, 30, in the weeks surrounding the car chase.

The chase began around 10 a.m. Aug. 1 when officers arrived at a home in the 700 block of Watts Avenue to follow up on an investigation into a stolen vehicle, police said.

While there, officers spotted Miller working on a blue SUV with the hatch up. After officers called out to him, Miller calmly got into the car and started to reverse directly toward them.

He struck one investigator's car before, fled the scene, and ripped through a chain link fence as two more officers pursued him.

Then, officers said, he drove north on I-75 in southbound traffic while officers followed him on the correct side of the road.

A third officer, Jamie Barrow, attempted to stop traffic at Exit 11, then parked her vehicle in the middle of the fast lane. She had two to three seconds, she said today, before the suspect's vehicle drove toward her head-on.

Fearing for her life, she fired two shots through the windshield.

After escaping the scene, Miller was captured later this month and brought to Hamilton County Jail.

This is a developing story. Check back later for more details.