Deputies, dogs, and helicopters: Hannibal man arrested after hours-long pursuit

Jerry O. Morris
Courier-Post Staff
Posted: Jan. 24, 2018 3:20 pm

A Marion County man who led law enforcement on an hours-long pursuit north of Hannibal Tuesday night is behind bars.

Jerry O. Morris, 25, is in the Marion County Jail on a probation violation but will likely face several other charges, including assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

According to the Marion County Sheriff, on Jan. 23, a deputy attempted to serve a felony arrest warrant to Morris. He was previously charged with possession of a controlled substance.  Upon the deputy's arrival to Morris' home on Highway 168, he spotted Morris in a red Dodge truck parked in the driveway.

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As the deputy approached, Morris allegedly put the vehicle in drive and fled north on Highway 168.

A vehicle pursuit ensued on several county roads north of Hannibal, including 404, 407, 409,410, and El Rancho Drive.

According to the Sheriff's Department, Morris drove through several yards and fields and also damaged a fence. At about 6:37 p.m., Morris’ vehicle allegedly crashed into the pursuing deputy’s vehicle before coming to a stop. The deputy then attempted to get Morris out of vehicle but doors were locked.  The deputy then broke out the back window of the truck in an attempt to take him into custody. Morris fled into the wooded area on County Road 409. The Ralls County K-9 unit was then brought in to assist with the tracking of Morris. The K-9 was able to track Morris up until a waterway in the area.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Helicopter Unit assisted with the search of Morris.  At about 8:45 p.m., Morris was located by the helicopter unit and directed the ground deputies and troopers to the location of Morris where he was taken into custody at about 9:04 p.m. 

Morris was taken to the Marion County Jail where he is being detained on Marion County probation violation warrant with a bond set at $20,000 cash only. 

Law enforcement arrested Morris on suspicion of four counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer, driving while suspended, and resisting arrest. Those charges are pending review by the Marion County Prosecuting Attorney.

The Hannibal Police Department, Ralls County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted the Sheriff's Department.  


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