Man arrested after Snead police chase



Kevin Lane Giddens, 33, of Alabaster, was arrested Friday night after an hourlong police chase, according to Capt. Pat Thomas with the Blount County Sheriff’s Department.

Giddens was stopped at a driver’s license check on Pearlman Road by Snead police officer Casey Hathcock. Giddens, who has no valid driver’s license, handed the officer an I.D. card. While Hathcock checked his information, Giddens left the scene, according to Snead police chief Phillip Weaver.

Hathcock followed Giddens and was later joined by four deputies. Speeds did not exceed 50 mph, said Weaver.

The chase did enter Marshall County at one point but then returned to Blount County.

During the pursuit, Giddens rammed Hathcock’s car near Mt. Zion Church on Ala 75, but the officer was not injured, according to Thomas.

The chase ended on Bulldog Road near the old Susan Moore gas station when Giddens collided with Deputy Christopher Holloman’s police vehicle, Thomas said. The impact was powerful enough to deploy airbags. Holloman was transported to the emergency room for minor injuries but was released that night.

After the collision, Giddens ran but was captured after a short foot pursuit. He was also transported to the emergency room with minor injuries and later released and booked into the Blount County Jail where, as of Tuesday morning, he remained on a $175,000 bond, according to Thomas.

The combined charges include two counts of first-degree criminal mischief and one count of second-degree assault, Thomas said. All three are felonies. Later investigation revealed Giddens had warrants out of Shelby County for reckless endangerment and Montevallo for driving under the influence.