Wanted felon facing more felonies after high-speed chase with Catoosa County deputy Thursday
According to a Catoosa County Sheriff's Office incident report, on Thursday, August 13th, 2020, at approximately 9:34 PM, Corporal Cunningham was sitting stationary on Lafayette Road observing traffic. Corporal Cunningham observed a gold Mazda Protege traveling south on Lafayette Road. Corporal Cunningham observed the driver's side taillight to be busted, which was allowing white light to emit from The taillight. Corporal Cunningham attempted to get behind the vehicle, which turned east on Cloud Springs Road. Corporal Cunningham turned onto Cloud Springs Road and noticed the vehicle traveling on Ekiss Avenue headed towards Cross Street. The vehicle passed the deputy southbound on Cross Street. Corporal Cunningham turned around on the vehicle and activated emergency equipment. The vehicle being driven by Jacob Steven, 22 of Fort Oglethorpe, accelerated in an attempt to flee. Corporal Cunningham advised dispatch that he was in pursuit of a vehicle. Stevens turned right on onto Herron Street then north onto Lafayette Road. Stevens then turned east onto Cloud Springs Road. Stevens passed a vehicle at the intersection of Cloud Springs and Cross Street. Stevens accelerated at a high rate of speed and had no regard for other motorists on the roadway. Stevens then turned left onto Smith Lane traveling through a yard and going back out on Smith Lane. Stevens then turned right onto Winifred Drive and then right onto Patterson Avenue. Stevens ran every stop sign he passed during the pursuit. The vehicle went back to Lafayette Road and turned north. Speeds then reached 81 mph in a 45 mph zone. The Mazda started losing a tire as the pursuit entered Walker County. Stevens pulled over south of Ivy Street and opened the driver's side door and began to run on foot. Corporal Cunningham chased Stevens on foot and gave him numerous verbal commands to stop running. Stevens ran to Ivy Street then turned down Ivy Street until he was taken into custody while attempting to jump into a bush. Deputy Viar and Deputy Jones arrived on scene to assist and located meth on Stevens. Deputy Jones placed the passenger Alexis Lovelady, 20 of Fort Oglethorpe, into custody. Deputies found a meth pipe on the passenger side of the vehicle. Deputies also found a marijuana grinder inside Lovelady's purse. Deputies also located in a black backpack, a scale that is commonly used to weigh narcotics. Steven's license was found to be suspended through Georgia, and he had a warrant through Catoosa County and a warrant through pardons and parole. Both warrants were confirmed, and pardons and parole placed a hold on Stevens. Deputies transported both Stevens and Lovelady to the Catoosa County Jail. Stevens was charged with taillights, obedience to traffic control devices required, reckless driving, misdemeanor, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer - felony, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession, and use of drug-related objects, driving while license suspended or revoked, hold for other agency pardons and parole (felony), and receipt arm by a convicted felon or felony first.