published Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Police Briefs: Fatal lake crash victim identified

Fatal lake crash victim identified

The body of a man found Saturday afternoon has been identified as Brian Coulter, 29, from Dayton, Tenn., according to the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Jackie Melton told WRCB-TV Channel 3 that Coulter’s body was discovered about 12:45 p.m., hours after he and his girlfriend somehow drove into Chickamauga Lake. He said the pair escaped from their car and were swept away near the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge about 2 a.m.

The sheriff said the woman was found about 9 a.m. on the porch of the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park Visitor’s Center by the manager.

Police investigate shooting

Chattanooga police responded to a shooting at 1116 Overlook Drive at 11:55 p.m. Friday night, where they found a 35-year-old man who had been shot multiple times.

He was taken to Erlanger Hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

Brothers charged in theft of truck

Two brothers have been arrested after a tractor-trailer loaded with La-Z-Boy furniture was stolen and crashed in Soddy-Daisy.

James Tabor and John Tabor Jr. were arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol Criminal Investigations Division. The brothers are accused of taking the truck from a Chattanooga trucking company where James Tabor was employed and the trailer loaded with furniture from Dayton.

They crashed the vehicle in Soddy-Daisy on Old Dayton Pike on Jan. 15, police said, and fled. THP investigators, Chattanooga detectives and Soddy-Daisy police followed leads and arrested the brothers Friday.

They are charged with theft over $60,000 and criminal conspiracy, both felonies, according to police. Their first court date is Jan. 30.

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