On Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 11:25 PM the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department stopped the driver of a blue 2007 Saturn sedan in the 1500 block of Johnny’s Way in Westtown Township. The initial stop was conducted for an expired vehicle registration.
The driver of the vehicle could not produce a driver’s license and provided a false name and date of birth to law enforcement. Officers spoke with the driver for more than 30 minutes at the scene and attempted to gain his true name and information when suddenly the driver sped off from police.
The Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department pursued this vehicle through Westtown Township, West Chester Borough and West Goshen Township. The driver lost control of his vehicle on Paoli Pike at Prospect Avenue in West Goshen Township and Officers were able to block the vehicle from further movement. The driver, who barricaded himself inside the vehicle, was extracted by police and detained. The driver suffered minor lacerations and was transported to Paoli Hospital for treatment.
The driver was identified as Joseph David Morrell, age 32, from Honey Brook, PA. Police determined that Joseph Morrell was wanted on outstanding criminal warrants in Chester County, Berks County and Sebring, Florida.
After processing, Joseph Morrell was transported to Chester County Prison on the active bench warrant. Morrell was charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Fleeing or attempting to elude a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Flight to avoid apprehension, False Identification to Law Enforcement, Identity Theft, DUI, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and other summary traffic offences. Joseph Morrell's bail was set at $275,000 cash and is currently being held at Chester County Prison pending his preliminary hearing.
The Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department was assisted by the Chester County Detectives, Chester County District Attorney’s Office, West Goshen Police Department, West Chester Police Department, West Chester University Police Department, Good Fellowship Ambulance and West Chester Fire Police.