Funeral held for officer killed in crash

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) -- Hundreds of citizens and police officers attended the funeral for a Cleveland city officer killed in a car crash.

Officer Justin Maples died Sunday night when his patrol car struck a utility pole. The 34-year-old Maples was responding to a call from a Bradley County Sheriff's deputy who was pursuing a car theft suspect.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Maples' wife, Danielle, covered her face with her hand on Thursday as her 5-year-old son Jace, reached out to touch his father's casket on a horse-drawn caisson. The couple has three sons.

According to the Cleveland Daily Banner ( ), the caisson was provided by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the North Carolina Troopers Association.

The chase suspect was caught, but isn't likely to face charges in Maples' death.

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