Collegedale PD: Man arrested after car chase now faces kidnapping charge

David Lee Stevens IV was arrested Tuesday after a chase with police ended on West Shepherd Road. (Images: Hamilton Co. Jail, WTVC)

UPDATE (Wednesday):

Collegedale Police have identified a man they say ran from officers Tuesday, and now say he faces a kidnapping charge.

According to police, David Lee Stevens IV led officers from all over Hamilton County on a high-speed chase. At one point, they say he drove at speeds up to 90 mph in a 40 mph area.

We learned Wednesday from Collegedale PD that another man in the car actually tried to stop the suspect, and eventually jumped out of the car.

Police say Stevens ran over the man as he jumped out. The passenger was not charged.

Stevens arrested Tuesday after the car chase ended and he ran into the woods of West Shepherd Road off of Highway 153.

Police say the car was stolen, and found stolen IDs and documents inside.

Stevens has been charged with the following: Reckless endangerment, aggravated assault (3 counts), aggravated kidnapping, improper display of a registration plate, stop sign violation, speeding, evading arrest by motor vehicle, evading arrest by foot, theft over $1,000 (Possession of stolen property), theft under $1,000 (Possession of stolen property), financial responsibility, reckless driving, and license required.

He is being held on a total bond of $205,000.

Depend on us to keep you posted as we learn more.


A man has been arrested after a chase ended on West Shepherd Road near the Coke distribution plant Tuesday afternoon.

Collegedale Police say it started out on Little Debbie Parkway as a traffic stop for several traffic offenses.

Police spokesperson Tonya Sadler says when officers came up to the car, the suspect took off. She says the vehicle's registration came back as a stolen tag.

During the ensuing chase, police say a passenger bailed out of the car near Volkswagen Drive, and was run over by the suspect.

The vehicle continued onto West Shepherd Road, with Collegedale PD, Chattanooga PD, and the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in pursuit.

Sadler says the car crashed, and the driver got out and ran.

We were there as sheriff’s deputies and police officers scoured the area.

Our cameras were rolling when the suspect was taken into custody.

Collegedale PD says one person was arrested, and another detained pending charges.

Read the full narrative of the incident from Collegedale officers below:

Depend on us to keep you updated as we learn more.

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