Police: Morton Man Attempts to Elude Officer Twice in One Week

By The Chronicle

A Morton man was arrested Saturday after allegedly trying to elude arrest for an outstanding DUI warrant for the second time in a week.

John E. Glenn, 43, of Morton, was charged Monday in Lewis County Superior Court on suspicion of one count of attempting to elude a police officer.

Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Sara Beigh asked for $75,000 bail, citing his criminal history, including 10 prior warrants on misdemeanor cases, such as an active warrant on a driving under the influence charge in Ferry County. It was that warrant that led Glenn to run from officers, Beigh said.

Superior Court Judge Joely O’Rourke concurred.

“He certainly presents a flight risk as well as a risk to community safety,” she said.

At about 6:10 p.m. on Saturday, a Morton police officer was traveling west in the 700 block of Main Avenue in Morton when he reported seeing Glenn’s truck.

Glenn reportedly fled from the officer and a Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputy two days earlier, according to court documents.

The officer turned around to stop the truck, and Glenn reportedly accelerated to speeds of 60 to 70 miles per hour in the downtown 25-mile-per-hour zone.

Glenn passed a vehicle, almost colliding with oncoming traffic. The officer reported Glenn’s truck’s tires left skid marks and were smoking.

At that point, the officer stopped the pursuit for safety concerns. However, he continued to follow the skid marks Glenn made as he attempted to get away.

At one point the truck lost control and hit a concrete post, then continued, according to court documents.

Witnesses also pointed officers in the direction of the park, and reported Glenn ran from the vehicle carrying a small, white dog.

Glenn was eventually arrested after being found sitting in brush by the Tilton River.

Glenn told officers he ran because he didn’t want to get arrested, according to court documents.