Morton Man Sentenced for Eluding Police in Two Stolen Vehicles

By The Chronicle

A Morton man arrested in July for allegedly attempting to evade arrest in two stolen vehicles pleaded guilty Monday in Lewis County Superior Court. 

Tony L. Eastman, 51, pleaded guilty to theft of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude a police officer, possession of a stolen vehicle, third-degree escape and violation of community custody. 

He was sentenced to 25 months in prison. 

According to court documents and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were on patrol in the Randle area July 5 when they saw Eastman, who they knew to have a warrant for his arrest. 

Deputies learned the vehicle he was driving had been reported stolen, and attempted to stop him. Eastman allegedly sped away and led deputies on a chase on dirt roads. He eventually abandoned the car and ran into the woods. 

Deputies called for a K9 unit to track Eastman. Meanwhile, he allegedly stole a truck from an address on Silverbrook Road. 

Deputies caught up to Eastman, who pulled the truck into a field and fled on foot. He was arrested after being apprehended by the K9 unit. 

He then allegedly broke free and tried to run again, leading to the escape charge.