published Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Man arrested in DeKalb County after chase

A Fyffe, Ala., was arrested after leading a DeKalb County deputy on a chase, police said.

Anthony Wells, 42, of Fyffe, Ala., was charged with probation violation, attempting to elude, second-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest and reckless endangerment. He is being held in the DeKalb County Detention Center without bail, DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said in a news release.

On Tuesday at about 7:45 p.m., DeKalb County Deputy Tony Blackwell saw Wells driving a vehicle at the intersection of Highway 75 and County Road 400.

Blackwell knew there was an outstanding probation violation warrant on Wells, so he pulled behind Wells’ vehicle and turned on his blue lights. Wells then drove through the parking lot of Rowdy’s Store and went down County Road 843, fleeing Blackwell and driving through the Hammonds Crossroads, Gilbert’s Crossroads and Dawson areas, Harris said.

Wells slammed on his brakes during the chase, causing Blackwell to hit Wells’ vehicle several times. He wrecked twice and continued driving, before wrecking again at County Roads 304 and 57, when he could no longer move the vehicle and he fled to the woods, Harris said.

Task Force Agents and Deputies then used night vision equipment to locate Wells in the woods. He was taken into custody after a short struggle, Harris said.

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