High speed chase ends with crash, tackle, arrest

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By: News

Panama City -- Just before 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, Florida Highway Patrol officers began a high speed pursuit of a motorcycle spotted near the intersection of Moylan Ave. and Back Beach Road in Panama City Beach. Speeds exceeded 100 mph at times, and the high speed chase didn’t end until the motorcyclist, Tanner Joel Morton, crashed while trying to turn onto Jenks Avenue in Panama City. Then, he took off on foot.

Morton was ultimately placed under arrest after a Panama City Police officer tackled him in front of an auto parts store near the intersection of Harrison Avenue and 15th Street. Employees of the parts store say the incident added a little excitement to their day, although they were glad no one was hurt.

Morton was driving a red Honda sport bike, and FHP officers say he accelerated past 100 mph at several times during the chase. They say when he tried to turn onto Jenks Avenue he lost control, sliding his motorcycle across the asphalt. The bike did not appear to be seriously damaged, but FHP officers say they were in such hot pursuit that the Morton did not have time to get back on the bike, and instead took off on foot.

Witnesses say Morton made it a little more than a block running, before police officers responding to help in the chase tackled him and placed him under arrest. He was handed over to FHP officers at that point.

Morton has is charged with aggraated fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, not having a motorcycle endorsement, and not having a license plate on his motorcycle.

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  • by Lisha Hawthorne Location: Panama City on May 12, 2011 at 12:35 PM
    Excuse me, when you see a person do YOU know they're not a felon just by looking at them??? I'd like to know that trick. He could have been the one that mugged & beat up the old person in WalMart parking lot,,,he could have been the one that kidnapped the med student walking to school...if you RUN...there's a reason. CATCH'UM!!!! I follow the rules...why shouldn't they??? If all ya had to do was run to get away our streets would be the Autobahnen. By the by...is he a felon now?? Do they stamp it on their foreheads??? For future reference of course so I can recognize him too...
  • by BB Location: PCB on May 12, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    Good Job Tanner, You Were So Smart In School, What Are You Doing Now? Changing The World? Nah, Lets Endanger Everyone Around Us While We Are Being Selfish To Get A "Fast And Furious" Rush. Loser Can Be Fixed, Why Don't You Try It.
  • by BB Location: PCB on May 12, 2011 at 10:20 AM
    How do you open the video?
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      by David Demarest on May 12, 2011 at 12:25 PM in reply to BB
      Click on the bold words that say "High Speed Chase" next to a small graphic of a video camera. It's directly under the word "Reporter." Just look down about 7 lines from the headline.
  • by steve Location: panama city beach on May 12, 2011 at 07:15 AM
    even though running from police isn't the right thing to do,was it really worth risking both their lives and others for a missing tag?? i can understand if a felony was commited.Sometimes they need to just back off to prevent worse things that could happen.In some states high speed pursuits are not allowed unless a felony has occured.
  • by fred Location: DeFuniak Springs on May 11, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    Yea! I guess this is what happens when you sell cherio's to policemen and tell them to plant them for doughnuts to grow!!! LOL!
  • by John Location: Bonifay on May 11, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    At a 100 miles an hour stupid kicks in.You just can't fix stupid.How about that road rash was it worth it?
  • by john Location: lynn haven on May 11, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    they had to wait on somebody skinny enough to run more than 20 feet!!
  • by Bubba Location: Bayou George on May 11, 2011 at 09:15 AM
    Never have known a state trooper to get out of the car to run anybody down on foot! Good job Panama City police!
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