Salem Police Find Man Involved in High Speed ChaseSalem Police have found the man they believe led them on a high speed chase on Wednesday afternoon that eventually was terminated for safety reasons.
Police Chief Ron Campo reports 50-year-old Michael Earl Morlan of Tunnell Hill was arrested in Mt. Vernon by Jefferson County officials after they had received a tip Morlan was at a gas station. He was taken into custody in connection with the Salem case and an outstanding Jefferson County warrant without incident.
Salem Police will request charges of aggravated eluding a police officer, numerous traffic citations and aggravated assault be filed in Marion County against Morlan. Campo reports the chase began after Morlan nearly struck a Salem Police car when zooming out of a parking lot of a South Broadway business.
The high speed chase headed to the west side of town where it terminated. Morlan reportedly threw some items out of his pickup truck during the pursuit, resulting in the aggravated assault charge. After the chase terminated, police received several reports of the truck being spotted in the Selmaville area, but it was never located by police.
The decision to file charges against Morlan was made after he was interviewed by Salem Police at the Jefferson County Jail on Thursday. He's expected to be returned to Marion County after action is taken on the outstanding warrant.
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Police Beat for Friday, December 19th, 2014