Man accused of leading police on high speed chase facing kidnapping charge as well

COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. (WDEF) – Collegedale Police released new details about a chase that ended in Chattanooga.

Police say the chase started January 15th just before 2:00 pm.

Officers say that they saw a car with two men inside as well as a busted out window, that was covered with a trash bag and an dark tinted tag cover over the license plate.

The officers say that the driver ran a stop sign as they were running the tag.

The officers say after they pulled them over on Little Debbie Parkway, the officers stepped out of the car and the driver took off.

Police say the driver led them on a high speed chase going at least 90 MPH in a 40 MPH zone.

The officers say that the driver turned on Volkswagen Drive and the passenger tried to get out of the vehicle.

The report says the driver slowed down a moment, but the passenger got caught on the seatbelt and officers say they saw the driver take off dragging the passenger until he was untangled and rolled to a stop.

The passenger was transported to a local hospital and after treatment, he told police that he pulled the emergency brake multiple times to get the driver to stop before he slowed down enough for the passenger to hop out of the moving vehicle.

After driving away, Police says the driver side swiped a car with two people inside as well.

The suspect was later identified as David Stevens after the car crashed and the driver took off.

They say officials chased him on foot for several blocks before being caught.

Police say that the suspect would not give officials his name or answer their questions, but his prints came up to David Stevens while being booked.

Stevens is charged with recklass endangerment, three counts of aggravated assault, improper display of registration plate, stop sign violation, speeding, evading arrest by motor vehicle, evading arrest by foot, theft over $1,000 (possession of stolen property), recklass driving, and aggravate kidnapping.

Stevens’ bond is set at $205,000.

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