University of Iowa Hospitals drop off leads to chase, kidnapping charge

Christopher Morgan (Johnson County Jail)

A Georgia man was arrested Tuesday after he dropped off a lady authorities say he had assaulted on the College of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics emergency division after which led UI police on a automobile chase.

Christopher C. Morgan, 38, of Cusseta, Ga., faces prices of first-degree kidnapping, home abuse assault, willful damage inflicting severe damage, management of a firearm by a home abuse offender, first-degree harassment, interference with official acts, rushing, unsafe entry into sidewalk or roadway, reckless driving and driving whereas license beneath suspension.

In accordance with UI police, officers responded at 3:32 p.m. to the hospital for a report of a attainable home assault involving a weapon.

Morgan had dropped off a lady there after assaulting her at an Interstate 80 truck cease, authorities mentioned. In accordance with prison complaints, she tried to get out of the automobile they have been in on the truck cease, however he compelled her again inside whereas wielding a gun. He “hit her within the head with the pistol and said that he would shoot her within the abdomen and make her beg for her life,” the complaints state.

Morgan instructed the lady, who police mentioned lives with him in a automobile, that if she instructed anybody about him, he would kill her and her household. She had a number of accidents to her head, arms, legs and physique, in line with complaints.

As police have been arriving on the hospital, they noticed Morgan’s automobile leaving and adopted him. They tried a visitors cease at Grand Avenue and Byington Highway, however Morgan led them on a pursuit, in line with police.

Morgan drove onto sidewalks and sped 60 mph in a 25 mph zone, police mentioned. He dumped a gun and journal in the course of the chase, in line with complaints.

“The suspect deserted his automobile close to the intersection of Tanglewood Avenue and Ventura Avenue and fled on foot towards I-80. He was taken into custody north of I-80, simply south of Kyle Drive NE at roughly 3:58 p.m. No accidents have been reported in reference to the pursuit, and there’s no ongoing menace to the general public,” police mentioned in a information launch.

The investigation continues and extra prices could also be filed, police mentioned.

Morgan had his first look in courtroom Wednesday and was being held within the Johnson County Jail on a $1 million, cash-only bail. A no-contact order has been filed on behalf of the sufferer.

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