Road spikes, K-9 used to capture homicide suspect after high-speed chase through Carter County and Avery, N.C.

Published 4:59 pm Thursday, March 3, 2022

FROM STAFF REPORTS
A high-speed chase that originated in Carter County carried over into Avery, N.C., and resulted in the capture and arrest in a person of interest in a Tennessee murder case.
According to published reports, deputies from Carter County originated the chase around 10:13 p.m. Wednesday and requested assistance from the Avery County department as the chase headed toward the North Carolina line on U.S. Highway 19E.
The driver was identified as 23-year-old Jacob Morely of Elizabethton, who was wanted for questioning in a homicide.
The North Carolina deputies took over the chase once Morely crossed the state line, utilizing spike strips to take out the tires on Morely’s vehicle. According to the report, Morely took the chase to Blevins Creek Road where he eventually wrecked his vehicle and took off into the surrounding woods.
Morely was taken into custody after a K-9 with the Avery County Special Response Team tracked him for about a quarter of a mile.
Morely is being held in the Avery County Jail awaiting to be returned to Carter County. He has been charged with felony speeding to elude arrest by the Avery County Sheriff’s Department.
We will continue to develop this story as more information is available.