NEW INFO: Swamp Search Suspect In Custody

The man lawmen say has run from authorities twice this week is now in custody.

Hertford County Sheriff Juan Vaughan says David Morse was arrested Wednesday night without a problem outside of Ahoskie.

The sheriff says they got a call about a man knocking on doors on Highway 561. Deputies spotted Morse and the sheriff says this time he did not run. In fact, Vaughan says the very same deputies arrested him Wednesday night that he ran from on Sunday.

Morse is being held on a $9,000 secured bond. Charges from Martin County include reckless driving to endanger, no operators license, and speeding in excess of 55 miles per hour. In Hertford County the man is jailed on larceny, resisting public officer, 2nd degree trespass and possession of stolen goods/property.

The Highway Patrol says Morse ran from authorities, not once, but twice in the past four days.

The Hertford County Sheriff's Office says on Sunday they chased Morse and another suspect for possession of stolen of property, trespassing and resisting a public officer, but they got away.

On Tuesday, Morse ran from his car when a deputy in Martin County pulled him over, prompting a manhunt of a swampy area of Highway 903 and Prison Camp Road. At one point, authorities say Morse went inside an elderly woman's home and called for a ride. He also told lawmen he planned to turn himself in.



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The Highway Patrol is still searching for David Morse of Ahoskie who authorities say has run from authorities, not once, but twice in the past three days.

Troopers tells us they stopped a vehicle with four people inside around 3:30 Tuesday in Martin County. The driver pulled into a farming operation on James Road and then got out and took off, leaving the other people in the vehicle.

Troopers say they got Morse's cell phone number from one of the people in the the car and made contact with him. They said he told them he was cold and lost in the swamp.

After searching for him for four and a half hours, they called off the search. Later that night, the 31-year-old Morse showed up at an elderly woman's home, walked in through an unlocked door and then told her he was using her phone.

Ten minutes later, a vehicle arrived and Morse ran out, got inside the vehicle and they took off. He told authorities he would turn himself in, but at this time he's still on the run.

The Hertford County Sheriff's Office says on Sunday they chased Morse and another suspect for possession of stolen of property, trespassing and resisting a public officer, but they got away.

Now Morse faces those charges in Hertford County and two more charges in Martin County for yesterday's case.


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The search for a man on the run from troopers has been called off for now after they were able to make contact with him.

The Highway Patrol says a man ditched his car and ran into the woods Tuesday afternoon as a deputy tried to pull him over- and left his passengers behind in the car.

The Highway Patrol tells WITN just before 3:40 Tuesday afternoon, a Martin County Deputy tried to stop 31-year-old David Morse of Ahoskie on Highway 903 and Prison Camp Road and Morse jumped out and ran into a swampy area. Troopers say he left a man, woman and a child in the vehicle. They're ok.

The Highway Patrol helicopter, Martin County Sheriff's Deputies and emergency management workers helped search for the man until about 8:00 p.m. when they got a report that Morse had walked into a home and used the phone to have someone come pick him up.

Troopers say they have contacted Morse and he has promised to turn himself in.

Morse was already wanted for a chase last week by law enforcement and was driving with no license. Troopers say now he has warrants for Tuesday's events, including resisting an officer and reckless driving.

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A traffic stop in the east has now turned into a search for a man in a swamp.

The Highway Patrol says just before 3:40 p.m., Trooper Brian Allen made a suspicious vehicle stop on Highway 903 and Prison Camp Road in Martin County. We're told the driver jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the nearby swamp.

At least four troopers are on scene at this time searching for the driver. With temperature falling to the teen's tonight, lawmen say there could be concerns of hypothermia.


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