A Royersford man was arrested for allegedly attempting to
elude an officer and reckless endangerment while DUI, among other charges, after nearly
rear-ending a police vehicle in Lower Pottsgrove, according to authorities.
Marcus E. Morales, 28, of Summer Street in Royersford, was allegedly traveling a green Honda Accord on U.S. Route 422 westbound at speeds estimated at 100 mph around 3:15 a.m. Friday when he “almost rear-ended” Ofc. David Slothower of the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department, according to the Sanatoga Post.
Morales allegedly swerved to avoid the marked police car, but almost sideswiped the vehicle in the process, police said. When officers tried to stop Morales, he exited at the Sanatoga interchange and made a U-turn, re-entering Route 422 eastbound.
Lower Pottsgrove Police did not participate in a high-speed pursuit, but informed the Pennsylvania State Police about the incident; when officers tried to stop Morales near the Royersford interchange of Route 422, he tried to elude them as well, according to police, but he was stopped after police used a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT), causing Morales to turn the vehicle abruptly, stopping the car.
When Morales was stopped, police found him to allegedly be in possession of controlled substances, and was driving under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.
His license was previously suspended due to DUI, according to the PSP.
Morales was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, a felony, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and careless driving.
Unable to post $25,000 bail, Morales remains in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.