DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office arrests man after Friday night pursuit in motor home

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – Deputies arrested a Fort Payne man Friday after they said he led authorities on a chase in a motor home.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said Billy Blake, 42, led deputies on a brief chase on County Road 732 near Ider. He was caught a short time after bailing out of the motor home.

According to the sheriff’s office, Blake was involved in multiple chases in both DeKalb and Jackson counties, along with breaking into Henagar School and several churches.

Blake was wanted after walking away from Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, the sheriff’s office said. He was taken there after swallowing what authorities said they believed was meth and going into a coma.

As of Monday morning, Blake was in the DeKalb County Jail on several charges: two counts of reckless endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of attempting to elude, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree criminal mischief, and third-degree assault. His bond was set at $22,000.

He also had charges in Jackson County that included attempting to elude, resisting arrest, tampering with evidence, and reckless driving.

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