Man tells deputies ‘I’m not going to jail’ before giving chase

Mar. 30—A Lacey’s Spring man was arrested Monday at a home by Morgan County Sheriff’s Office deputies after he left a security checkpoint and fled from law enforcement on foot Saturday, according to the affidavit of a deputy.

Justin Paul Oakes, 30, remained in the Morgan County Jail Friday in lieu of $57,300 bail and is charged with criminal attempt to elude, reckless driving, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and numerous other traffic violations, according to jail records.

Deputies stopped a Ford F-150 occupied by a man and woman without a driver’s license Saturday at a security checkpoint near the 3000 block of East Upper River Road in Somerville, according to an affidavit signed by the Deputy Tyler Pepper.

The two men were identified by their Social Security numbers as Oakes and Felicia Eadie, and they both had outstanding warrants for their arrest, according to the affidavit.

“When Pepper was informed of the arrest warrants, the dispatcher stated that a burglary in progress had been reported at our home via Eadie’s cell phone,” the affidavit states. “Pepper learned that Eadie was trying to divert his attention away from Pepper so as not to be apprehended.”

Deputies said they asked Eadie to exit the vehicle while Oakes had to pull into a parking lot. As Pepper approached Oakes’ vehicle, Oakes heard dispatch say he had active arrest warrants, according to the affidavit.

“I’m not going to jail, I’m sorry,” Oakes reportedly said. He then “crossed the parking lot, jumped a ditch” and nearly struck another deputy’s patrol vehicle and a bystander’s vehicle, according to the affidavit.

A sheriff’s office corporal pursued Oakes while Pepper stayed with Eadie, according to the affidavit. After transferring Eadie to the custody of another deputy, Pepper then joined the pursuit.

He caught up with the corporal and Oakes’ vehicle near the 400 block of Murphy Road, about 7 miles east of the checkpoint, according to the affidavit.

“Oakes had fled on foot through the woods toward (Alabama) 36,” said…

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