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A Murfreesboro man was arrested after kidnapping a woman and leading police officers on a high speed chase into Cannon County in the early morning hours Monday, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department report.

Cortavis Marable, 23, of Gardner Drive, is facing multiple charges including aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, car theft, simple possession and driving on a suspended license after a high-speed pursuit through two counties.

Marable's troubles allegedly began around 2 a.m. Monday when he showed up at Pynthia Savely's house on Manor Drive, entered through her bedroom window and demanded she drive him to his uncle's house on Gardner Drive because he was running from the police, responding MPD Officer Julie Treadway reported.

Savely agreed and drove Marable to the requested address, but then he refused to get out of the car. Savely attempted to return to her home.

"Once they entered Rolling Acres (apartment) complex, Mr. Marable began to pull her hair and punch her in the face and told her she was going to do what he told her to do," Treadway reported.

Savely was able to stop, escape and run away from the car, but Marable wasn't done yet.

"Mr. Marable then got into the driver's seat of the vehicle, jumped the curb and chased her with the vehicle," Treadway wrote. "Mr. Marable then jumped out of the vehicle and chased her on foot. Mr. Marable caught her, pulled her back to the vehicle, opened the trunk and attempted to put her inside the trunk."

When that proved difficult, he allegedly opened the back door, shoved Savely into the backseat and slammed her foot in the door in the process.

Savely said she then kicked the backdoor open and was able to escape the vehicle.

He allegedly chased her on foot again through the apartment complex, caught her by the hair and forced her into the front seat of the car.

Marable then drove around the residential streets in Murfreesboro until Treadway encountered him on Eagle Street.

"I then heard a door slam and a female, later identified as Pynthia Savely, come running toward me screaming," Treadway said.

Marable then fled the scene "at a high rate of speed," Treadway said.

MPD began a pursuit of Marable down Middle Tennessee Boulevard.

"The vehicle then began attempting to swerve at numerous vehicles," pursuing MPD Officer Jacob Fountain reported.

The pursuit wove through neighborhoods, where Marable again allegedly tried "to strike innocent people" until he reached Bradyville Pike, Fountain said.

Fountain was joined in the pursuit by Rutherford County Deputy Jason Dowdle, Cpl. Ryan Huggins and Cpl. David Ashburn near the Rutherford-Cannon county line.
Marable traveled onto Highway 64 where he ran off the road and rolled down a hill into trees before fleeing, Ashburn reported.
“I made two K-9 announcements for the suspect to surrender or K-9 force would be used,” Ashburn reported. “I heard no response. I released K-9 Venture to conduct an off-lease area search for the felony suspect. It was a secluded area in dense brush that opened into a large field.”
Venture located Marable running about 200 yards into the field and grabbed the suspect on his upper leg.
“When I approached the suspect, he stated, ‘I’m on drugs’ and ‘I’m on cocaine,’” Ashburn reported. “At this point, Venture had pulled the suspect’s shorts around his feet and he was unable to stand. The suspect was still trying to kick Venture away from him.”
Marable was taken into custody. Cannon County Emergency Medical Services paramedics arrived but Marable refused medical treatment. Dowdle transported Marable to Murfreesboro Police for questioning where a search of his person allegedly revealed "a crack pipe and a tissue with small granules of cocaine," Treadway said.

Marable was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, car theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession, felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment and driving on a suspended license charges. The Tennessee Highway Patrol charged him with DUI and violation of implied consent.

Marable was booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where he remains on $63,500 bond. A hearing on the charges is set June 12 in General Sessions Court.

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