Escaped prisoner remains in custody
An escaped prisoner from Port Orchard, Wash., remains in custody following an eight-hour manhunt east of Glenns Ferry on Tuesday.
Elmore County Sheriff Deputies arrested Jason James Mora in the Pasadena Valley area on the county's eastern border around 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Mora, who stands accused of escaping from a community work center in Port Orchard, remains in the Elmore County Jail on felony charges of eluding pursuit, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, leaving the scene of an accident. In addition, he faces two felony warrants out of Washington state.
The incident began at approximately 1:38 a.m. when an Elmore County sheriff's deputy made contact with a vehicle he believed was involved in a crash on Old Highway 30, near I-84 and the Cold Springs exit. When asked for identification, the driver drove away, eastbound on Highway 30. The deputy pursued, with speeds reaching up to 120 mph at times.
After Mora re-entered the interstate at the milepost 121 exit, he headed westbound, then turned around and drove eastbound, eventually crashing the vehicle in the Pasadena Valley area and fled the crash scene, triggering the manhunt.
As the search for the prisoner continued, schools in Glenns Ferry remained in partial lockdown, with all exterior doors locked.
A passenger in Mora's vehicle, Shira L. Mora of Seattle, was arrested at the scene of the crash and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and resisting arrest.