CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Cleveland police officer killed Sunday night in a single-car crash was on his way to help another officer pursue a stolen vehicle, authorities said at a news conference this morning.
Department personnel are mourning the death of Officer Justin Maples, who was responding to help a Bradley County officer chasing a Jeep when the 9:30 p.m. accident occurred at the 1600 block of South Lee Highway, Chief Wes Snyder said.
The accident is being investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
“He was responding to a call to assist a county unit in the pursuit where a stolen Jeep was being pursued,” Snyder said. “As he was enroute to that location, he lost control of his vehicle. It skidded off the roadway and struck a utility pole.”
Maples, 35, is survived by his wife Danielle and three young sons.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...