A 24-year-old driver who eluded Lummi police at high speeds - while a child and two women sat beside him - must serve one year and six months in prison.
Tribal police chased Chicko Cholas Morris, of Marietta, to Cherry Street in downtown Ferndale late Dec. 21, after he refused to pull over his car, according to Whatcom County Superior Court records. At double the 25 mph speed limit, Morris weaved past spike stripes and forced oncoming traffic to swerve out of his way.
Morris dodged police efforts to push the car off the road. He blew through a stop sign southbound at Slater Road while pushing 70 mph, then ditched the car at the dead end of Rayhorst Road. Police discovered the three passengers inside the car.
Officers caught and arrested Morris on suspicion of felony eluding, driving with a license suspended in the first degree and several warrants. The suspended license charge was dropped in a plea deal.
Nobody else in the car was charged with a crime.
Morris' rap sheet lists seven felonies. He has racked up convictions for theft, drug crimes and, at the age of 15, attempting to elude police. Among his 32 misdemeanors, Morris has convictions for assault with a sexual motivation, obstructing law enforcement, driving under the influence, driving with a license suspended in the second degree, domestic violence crimes, theft and violating a no-contact order.