Dash Cam Video Released Of Police Chase, Arrest

Posted at 2:21 PM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 20:34:28-05

Dash camera video has been released in the police chase and arrest of a rape and theft suspect.

Officers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies arrested 20-year-old Cordarius Caldwell in Chattanooga after a short chase February 24.

The video depicted the chase, including the moment an official used his vehicle to crash into Caldwell's car before multiple law enforcement agents removed him from the vehicle and handcuffed him on the ground.

The MNPD Special Response Team told THP and FBI agents in East Tennessee to be on the lookout because Caldwell had left the Nashville area.

The chase caused a large traffic back up along I-24 East in Chattanooga.

Metro Nashville Police officers said Caldwell allegedly raped a woman and then led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen car.  

Officers with Metro Nashville Police Department were called to a home on Cherry Street in Madison after neighbors reported seeing a suspicious person in the area around 2:15 a.m. 

Witnesses said they heard the woman screaming that she was being held against her will. 

When they arrived, police found her crawling out of a window and hysterically yelling that she’d just been raped. 

Caldwell was seen fleeing the house which prompted a foot pursuit in the area around Old Hickory Boulevard and Gallatin Pike.

According to police, Caldwell stole a vehicle from a woman at a nearby Shell station. She had apparently left the car door open while she went inside to buy cigarettes.

From there a police pursuit ensued, with speeds topping 100 miles per hour at one point.

Officers eventually had to call off the chase due to the high rate of speed.

He was later captured in Chattanooga.

Caldwell was charged with aggravated rape and false imprisonment after allegedly sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman at gunpoint.

Officials also took 21-year-old Zachery L. Hunter into custody. They confirmed Hunter was inside the home at the time. He has been charged with aggravated rape and false imprisonment for allegedly having knowledge the sexual assault was taking place and not attempting to stop it or render aid to the victim.

Hunter was being held in lieu of a $125,000 bond.