Theft suspect arrested after foot chase

Published 12:03am Thursday, September 27, 2012

NATCHEZ — If there’s one piece of advice that aspiring criminals might think is obvious, it’s that you don’t flag down law enforcement vehicles while actively on the run from officers.

But that’s exactly what one Adams County man allegedly did when being pursued on foot by Adams County Sheriff’s Office deputies Wednesday.

The ACSO had sent out a request Tuesday that county residents be on the lookout for Andrew Morgan, 45, who had allegedly stolen a gray 2002 Ford Explorer from Washington Street Saturday. He is also the suspect in the Monday theft of a generator, hedge trimmer and blower from the Foster Mound Road area.

Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said the suspect was seen in Jefferson County mid-evening Tuesday, and after receiving a tip that Morgan was in the area of Roosevelt Drive, deputies were able to identify him and tried to initiate an arrest.

Morgan was allegedly driving the stolen vehicle, and reportedly fled from the deputies in it before taking leave of it and leading them on a 10-minute foot chase.

That ended when Morgan flagged down a passing motorist. The motorist, rather than being his salvation, was an unmarked ACSO vehicle.

The ACSO was able to recover the stolen vehicle and its owners have been notified.

Morgan is charged with two counts of grand larceny and failure to register as a sex offender.

Mayfield said other charges may follow, and that Morgan might also face theft charges in Jefferson County.

The suspect was detained on an $8,000 bond Wednesday.