Suspect faces multiple charges after chase with DeKalb County authorities

(DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: Aug. 18, 2019 at 5:46 PM CDT
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Dekalb County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man driving a Winnebago after a chase on County Road 732 near Ider.

Billy Blake led deputies on a chase in a motor home late Friday night. He then abandoned the motor home and tried to escape deputies but was caught up with a short distance away.

Deputies tell us Blake had been a fugitive after walking away from a hospital in Chattanooga. He was admitted for treatment after he allegedly swallowed meth and slipped into a coma.

Blake has previously been arrested for breaking into Henagar Junior High School and stealing $3,300 belonging to the Beta Club. He was also charged with breaking into several churches in Jackson County.

Blake was wanted on a number of warrants out of Dekalb County for criminal mischief, attempt to elude, third degree assault, resisting arrest, and reckless endangerment.

He was also wanted in Jackson County on several charges including tampering with evidence.

“I’d like to thank our guys for working hard and getting this fugitive off the streets. Blake has stolen an untold amount of goods and money from citizens in two counties,” said DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden.

“While it can be frustrating having to arrest suspects like Blake multiple times, we can only do our job as law enforcement and get them in custody. These guys do this job well,” said Sheriff Welden.

“God bless,” he concluded.

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