Two Etowah men were arrested Sept. 9 after they allegedly broke into a house, then led deputies on a high speed chase.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Det. Jessica Catron said she went to a home on Old Highway 68 around 2:30 a.m. and talked to the residents who said while sleeping they heard a glass breaking in the kitchen.
One of the residents said he found a window completely broken out and when he went to his front door, he saw a car in the driveway with the trunk open. He said the car took off, stopped briefly, then took off toward Madisonville.
Catron said she saw a window broken out in the kitchen and the screen for the window was laying against a wall. The resident said he also found a vehicle jack, an electric drill and a white towel next to the wooded area beside his house.
While Catron was investigating at the house, Vonore Police Det. Cory Fritts said he was in the area and heard a description of the alleged getaway car. He soon spotted the car and followed it into Madisonville on Old Highway 68 where he saw it several times speeding and failing to stay in its lane.
Fritts said he tried to stop the car, but it sped up and drove down College Street before hitting Highway 411. Fritts said he pursued the car into McMinn County where the driver went down numerous roads before losing control, going into a field and hitting a tree.
The driver of the car, identified as Tristan Frazier, took off on foot while a passenger, Aaron Dayne Harris, was taken into custody.
Fritts said officers chased Frazier through the field and caught up to him, but he refused to cooperate, pulling away from them and at one point, asking them to just shoot him.
Fritts said Frazier was eventually cuffed and taken into custody. Both men were read their rights and admitted to being at the house, but blamed each other for the broken window.
Frazier, 33, Hitchcock Avenue, Etowah, is charged with aggravated burglary, felony reckless endangerment, evading arrest, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license. Fritts said he also had warrant out of McMinn County.
Harris, 35, Tatum Street, Etowah, is charged with aggravated burglary.