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2-state chase ends near Cave Spring with arrest of Alabama man

A multi-agency police chase that started in Alabama ended outside of Cave Spring Monday with a man being tased on U.S. 411.

David Dwayne Phillips, 49, of Attalla, Alabama, was in the Floyd County Jail without bond late Monday, awaiting extradition back to his home state.

Etowah County Sheriff’s Office investigator Adam Chapman said he initially stopped Phillips in Gadsden on U.S. 411 at Fitts Ferry Road to question him about a car theft.

But Phillips sped off in a white Honda Civic that Chapman said he later found out had also been stolen from Conyers, Georgia.

Early reports from Floyd County 911 were that Phillips had a gun and had kidnapped his passenger, Laura Perry, 34, of Etowah County.

Chapman said he chased Phillips for close to an hour, along with officers from the Alabama State Patrol, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Centre Police Department.

Phillips led 15 cars of law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase from Etowah County up into Cherokee County and through Leesburg, Alabama.

Floyd County police joined the chase as Phillips crossed the state line into Georgia, but the car ran out of gas just before Chalwood Lane west of Cave Spring.

Officers surrounded the vehicle, Chapman said, and drew their guns as Phillips got out holding a metal pipe to his head as if it was a gun.

“It was something simulated to be a gun,” Chapman added.

At that point, an unidentified officer shot Phillips with a stun gun and he was taken into custody.

Chapman said he determined Perry was in the vehicle willingly at the time Phillips fled from police and “it was not really a kidnapping.”

She is not facing charges.

Floyd County police officer Cody Folsom said Phillips is charged with felony theft by bringing stolen property into the state.

When bail is set and posted, Chapman said Phillips will be taken back to Etowah County to face charges of attempting to elude law enforcement officers, theft by receiving stolen property and numerous traffic violations.