Jasper man arrested, charged after chase through Cordova

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 7/18/17

CORDOVA — A Jasper man who was reportedly threatening to harm a female passenger with a knife led police on a chase Monday afternoon that ended in downtown Cordova.

John Leslie Norris Jr., 38, struck two vehicles and a reserve officer during the chase, which ended around 3:45 p.m., according to Cordova Police Chief Nick Smith.

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Jasper man arrested, charged after chase through Cordova

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CORDOVA — A Jasper man who was reportedly threatening to harm a female passenger with a knife led police on a chase Monday afternoon that ended in downtown Cordova.

John Leslie Norris Jr., 38, struck two vehicles and a reserve officer during the chase, which ended around 3:45 p.m., according to Cordova Police Chief Nick Smith.

Smith said Norris is facing charges of attempting to elude, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, menacing and resisting arrest.

According to Smith, the chase began in Jasper but had been called off when Cordova Police Officer Tony Reid began pursuing Norris as he entered Cordova.

The chase began at a three-way intersection on Massachusetts Avenue. Reid said the female passenger exited the vehicle when Norris spun out while crossing the railroad tracks at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Main Street.

“He dragged her a couple feet and went down Main Street,” Reid said.

Moments later, Norris struck a parked F-250 after evading a partial road block set up by Cordova officer Ray Goggans in front of the Cordova Police Department.

He then struck the Ford Police Interceptor being driven by Reid and bumped into reserve officer Zac Roberts before driving through the police department’s parking lot.

Norris exited on Commerce Street and turned into the Cordova Water and Gas Board’s parking lot, jumping a curb as he drove in the opposite direction on Main Street.

Smith said Norris endangered the lives of board employees who had stepped outside the building, as well as dozens of others who were driving or walking in the downtown area at the time.

The chase ended when Norris crashed on the railroad tracks on Main Street. He was immediately taken into custody and transported to the Cordova Jail.

Trains through the city were stopped while the accident scene was cleared.