A Marion County man charged with three felonies following a January pursuit will spend the next 15 years in prison through a plea agreement.

A Marion County man charged with three felonies following a January pursuit will spend the next 15 years in prison through a plea agreement.

Jerry O. Morris, 25, appeared before Judge Rachel Bringer Shepherd for a sentencing hearing Monday, April 16. He previously entered guilty pleas on March 5 for the Class D felony of possession of a controlled substance, the Class E felony of resisting or interfering with arrest for a felony and the Class E felony of first-degree property damage.

Morris received a seven-year sentence for the possession of a controlled substance charge, a four-year sentence for the resisting arrest charge and four years for the property damage charge. The sentences will run consecutively for a total of 15 years.

According to the Marion County Sheriff, a deputy attempted to serve a felony arrest warrant to Morris on Tuesday, Jan. 23. 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. 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 the vehicle, but the 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 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 the ground deputies and troopers were directed to Morris’ location, where he was taken into custody at about 9:04 p.m.

Law enforcement arrested Morris on suspicion of four counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer, driving while suspended, and resisting arrest. Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton subsequently filed three felony charges for possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and property damage.

The defendant was remanded to the custody of the Marion County Sheriff's Department for transportation to a Department of Corrections facility.