A Fort Payne man, wanted in Jackson and DeKalb counties, was apprehended by DeKalb County authorities Friday night.

According to DeKalb Sheriff Nick Welden, Billy Blake, 42 of Fort Payne, was taken into custody after leading deputies on a brief pursuit in a motor home on County Road 732 near Ider.

Welden said Blake abandoned the motor home and attempted to flee on foot when he was apprehended a short distance from the road.

“I’d like to thank our guys for working hard and getting this fugitive off the streets,” said Welden. “Blake has stolen an untold amount of goods and money from citizens in two counties.”

Welden said Blake had been a fugitive after most recently walking away from Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanoga, Tennessee. Blake was admitted for treatment after he allegedly swallowed an unknown amount of suspected methamphetamine and had slipped into a coma, said Welden.

“He had just led Jackson and DeKalb deputies on a pursuit that ended near Rainsville,” added Welden.

Blake had previously been arrested for breaking into Henagar Junior High School and allegedly stealing $3,300 that the school’s Beta club had saved for a trip in 2017. He was also charged with breaking into several churches in Jackson County.

After being released from jail after a short stay, Welden said Blake was caught again after breaking into multiple storage units in Fort Payne. Before his apprehension Friday night, Blake had led Jackson County authorities on several chases.

At the time of his arrest Friday night, Blake had existing warrants in Jackson County of two counts of attempting to elude, resisting arrest, tampering with physical evidence, failure to register a vehicle, no proof of insurance and reckless driving.

In DeKalb County, he was also facing warrants of criminal mischief first degree, attempting to elude, assault third degree, resisting arrest and reckless endangerment.

Blake is now facing additional charges of reckless endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, two counts of resisting arrest, two counts of attempting to elude, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief first degree, reckless endangerment and assault third degree.

Blake is currently in the DeKalb County Jail on a $22,000 bond.

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