Clarion Co. Man Faces Slew of Charges After Taking Toddler on 100 MPH High Speed Chase

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KNOX, Pa. (EYT) – A local man is facing felony charges following a high speed chase in the Knox area.

According to a Criminal Complaint filed last week at Magisterial District Judge Amy Long Turk’s Office, the incident happened on May 18 around 3:20 p.m. when Knox Borough Police Officer Codie Webster observed a black coupe traveling through the Borough with a fraudulent inspection sticker.

The Criminal Complaint states that the operator of the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed when Officer Webster attempted to conduct a traffic stop.

Officer Webster continued to pursue the suspect on Route 208 at speeds in excess of 100 mph.

According to Officer Webster, the accused “operated his vehicle with total disregard of the safety and welfare of himself and other motorists” and “passed several vehicles in no passing zones, including at the crest of a hill.”

After the vehicle eventually came to a complete stop, Officer Webster arrested the driver, 33-year-old James Francis Morris of Knox.

During the traffic stop, Officer Webster discovered a two-year-old boy in the back seat of the vehicle.

It was also determined that Morris was driving with a suspended driver’s license, according to police.

The following charges were subsequently filed on May 29 at Magisterial District Judge Amy Long Turk’s Office:

  • Endangering Welfare of Children – Parent/Guardian/Other Commits Offense, Felony 3
  • Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer, Felony 3
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
  • Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 3
  • Reckless Driving, Summary
  • Driv While Oper Priv Susp Or Revoked
  • Driving W/O A License, Summary
  • Fail To Keep Right, Summary
  • Pass Left Unsafe, Summary
  • Limitations on Driving on Left Side of Road, Summary
  • Passing Where Prohibited, Summary
  • Disregard Traffic Lane (Single), Summary
  • Duties At Stop Sign, Summary
  • Turning Movements And Required Signals, Summary
  • Driving at Safe Speed, Summary
  • Operat Veh W/O Valid Inspect, Summary
  • Display Known Fict/Stolen/Issued For Inspection, Summary

Morris was lodged in the Clarion County Jail on Monday after failing to post $5000 bail.

He faces a preliminary hearing on June 16.


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