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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Two men nabbed on hefty drug charges after high speed chase in Marion County

James Vincent Marino

Two men were jailed Thursday on multiple charges after a high-speed chase through Marion County.

A sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding but the driver sped away from her. The deputy initiated a pursuit and other deputies joined in the chase to assist with the arrest, a sheriff’s office report states.

The pursuit ended when the vehicle became stuck in a field. The driver, 33-year-old James Vincent Marino, and his passenger, 33-year-old Tucker Chase Morton, fled the scene on foot. They were accused of throwing out multiple items during the chase that couldn’t be located by deputies, the report says.

Tucker Chase Morton

Both Marino and Morton were captured a short distance away from their vehicle and detained. Deputies located approximately 60 grams of marijuana in the vehicle, along with 32 grams of crystal methamphetamine, Xanax, MDMA, crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a gray substance suspected to be “Gray Death,” an illicit opioid combination of drugs reported to be many more times potent than heroin, the report says.

Both Marino and Morton were placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail. Marino was charged with trafficking amphetamine, possession of marijuana over 20 grams, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, fleeing/eluding police with disregard of safety to persons or property, assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a counterfeit driver’s license or identification card, possession and/or use of drug equipment, resisting an officer without violence, failure to register a motor vehicle and driving while license suspended (habitual offender). He was being held on $73,500 bond and her next court date hasn’t yet been set.

Morton was charged with resisting an officer without violence and possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams. He also was arrested on outstanding warrants for failure to appear for pre-trial conferences on past charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license suspended, revoked or canceled and having no motor vehicle registration. He was being held on $2,000 on the new charges and no bond on the past charges and his next court date hasn’t yet been set, jail records show.