published Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Catoosa County: Police launch manhunt for drug suspect

Police are on the hunt for Jason Alexander Devalle who fled this morning when authorities were trying to serve a warrant on drug charges at a storage unit off Highway 41 in Catoosa County.

When authorities arrived at the storage unit where they believe the man has been staying, Devalle ran into the woods, Catoosa County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Jordan said.

A helicopter was sent out to search for Devalle, but agents with the Lookout Mountain Judicial Task Force and Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office haven’t found him, Jordan said.

Police are deciding whether to continue the search today or to wait, but they have the Devalle’s information, he said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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