EXCLUSIVE: 911 call reveals new details in fatal Shelby Co. car chase

EXCLUSIVE: 911 call reveals new details in fatal Shelby Co. car chase

Investigators on Wednesday released the 911 call that led to a deadly car chase Sunday. 39-year-old Jonathan Swindle was shot by law enforcement after hitting a state trooper with a stolen truck.

On Monday there were rumors circulating that Swindle had been naked when all of this happened. Investigators confirmed that Wednesday, saying it plays into a theory they have on what caused Swindle to act the way he did--involving drugs that are becoming more common and more dangerous in Shelby County.

"Shelby County 911," the dispatcher said on the call.

"Yes ma'am, I need a deputy to come over here to my house," the caller said.

"Okay what's going on?" the dispatcher asked.

"Got somebody walking around my house taking his clothes off," the caller said. "I don't know what his problem is."

Shelby County Sheriff's Investigator D.J. Dickerson and Center Police Detective David Haley said Swindle's behavior was exactly like someone who's on the drug PCP.

"They just decide to take all their clothes off so they can try to cool down. And mainly, that's the number one thing you see with PCP users," Dickerson said.

Dickerson and Haley have been fighting against what they said is a new stronger version of the drug--which gives people super-human strength and convinces some of them that they're God.

"They see you as a demon, which really intensifies it because now, in their mind, they have to destroy you," Dickerson said.

"They are so unpredictable when they're on PCP," Haley said. "I mean they can be calm one minute and the next second they're violent."

When the truck was speeding toward the pasture where the shooting occurred, investigators said Swindle swerved, and that the move was wild enough to hit a trooper named Zach Mills who wasn't even in the road. Mills remained hospitalized Wednesday afternoon.

Swindle's friends and family said he was unarmed.

"It was just cold-blooded murder," Swindle's friend Shelia Cartwright said Monday. "That's what it is."

But as troopers, deputies and officers faced the naked driver, they said they were facing someone much more dangerous.

An autopsy will have to confirm--or deny--the presence of PCP in Swindle's system at the time of death.


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