Escaped prisoner remains in custody

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

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.

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    Fantastic Job guys.....a great arrest and no one was seriously injured!

    -- Posted by mhbouncer on Tue, Feb 9, 2010, at 11:52 AM
  • Kudo's to the Sheriff's Office and the Deputy involved. Great catch!

    -- Posted by Reserve ID on Tue, Feb 9, 2010, at 11:56 AM
  • Great job, ever notice all the wanted felons that run from places like Boise and Washington to Elmore County, either to lay low or arriving via high speed chases end up being caught. They must have heard we have a new jail or a prosecutor that doesn't like to prosecute anyone. I personally feel it's because we have some good officers.

    -- Posted by Retirmentcanbefun on Tue, Feb 9, 2010, at 2:27 PM
  • I went to the country of Belize back in 2002. I saw an arrest of two men. What they do there is tell them, you are under arrest now get in the back of the truck which they did.

    The key to this is, if they try and run the officers are allowed and will shoot them in the legs. That`s why they won`t run.

    We the people sure do waste a lot of tax dollars on arresting idiots like this. Make them ride in the back of the truck----go ahead and run idiot !

    -- Posted by Rightwinger on Tue, Feb 9, 2010, at 3:27 PM
  • So, why is it an update that he remains in custody? Are we in the habit of releasing wanted criminals facing additional charges back into the community?

    -- Posted by st_anger87 on Thu, Feb 11, 2010, at 10:12 AM
  • The headline is one of shock and surprise that a wanted escaped convict that ran from police is still in jail. This must be the writer knows about our prosecutor that would rather dismiss the charges or reduce them to a minor fine than to do the work and actually prosecute a crime. Then again it might be he knows our court system........ "you're getting 360 days but 356 are suspended, and see you next week when you're arrested again". Criminals must love Elmore County.

    -- Posted by Retirmentcanbefun on Thu, Feb 18, 2010, at 8:05 AM
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