Vehicle Pursuit in Panama City

PANAMA CITY – While working traffic on US-98 (Back Beach Road) Trooper James Swearingin encountered a red motorcycle with a loud exhaust and not displaying any tag on the rear of the motorcycle.

Trooper Swearingin attempted to stop the motorcycle for faulty equipment at Back Beach Road and Moylan Road.

The suspect fled from Trooper Swearingin traveling east on US-98.

The suspect continued over the Hathaway Bridge at speed of over 100mph.

As the suspect entered into Panama City, he then started passing cars in the left turn lane of US-98, and running red lights.

The suspect attempted to turn south onto Jenks Ave and was traveling to fast to make the turn.

The suspect laid the motorcycle down and ran on foot through the alley toward the Mayflower Storage Building. Panama City Police Department responded to assist and came onto Harrison Ave.

The suspect was apprehended on Harrison Ave near US-98.

Suspect was identified as Tanner Joel Morton of Panama City. He was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, Reckless Driving, No motorcycle endorsement, No tag. Suspect was booked into the Bay County Jail.

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  • by Alice Location: Panama on May 11, 2011 at 02:11 PM
    And why was he fleeing and eluding, reckless driving at over 100 miles an hour ? You were chasing him, now just suppose his motorcycle plowed in to some people and killed two are three. Would that have been worth it to give him a faulty equipment ticket ? You know he's going to run, why do you chase him and put many other lives in danger ? Yall need to stop this. It's not worth the risk.
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