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A pair of Calhoun County, Ala., women were arrested Thursday in neighboring Cherokee County after fleeing officers in a two-county chase in a stolen vehicle.

Cherokee County, Ala., Sheriff Jeff Shaver said the women, identified as Chelsie Hope Taylor, 23, of Piedmont, Ala., and Carissa Hope Curvin, 24, of Jacksonville, Ala., were taken into custody in the town of Centre after police used "stop sticks" to disable their vehicle.

The chase began after Cherokee County Deputy Daniel Money stopped to help what he thought were stranded motorists on County Road 20 in the Pollard's Bend community, according to Shaver's statement on the arrests.

But when Money started talking to the women in the vehicle, the driver hit Money with the vehicle door, knocking him to the ground, and sped away. Shaver said Money pursued the women into Etowah County, back in Cherokee County and started heading toward Centre where police were getting ready.

"Centre police officers quickly responded to the area and deployed stop sticks onto the roadway which disabled the suspects' vehicle," Shaver said. After the women were taken into custody, authorities learned the vehicle had been reported stolen in Anniston, Ala.

Taylor, identified as the driver, is charged with first-degree receiving stolen property, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, attempting to elude police, reckless endangerment and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana. Curvin is charged with first-degree receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and attempted to elude police, authorities said.

Shaver said Money was not seriously injured in the incident.

No bond has been set.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.com or twitter.com/BenBenton or www.facebook.com/ben.benton1 or 423-757-6569.

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