Longview Police Sgt. Mike Hallowell said “it took a Miracle” to stop a fleeing felon who led police on a 25-minute chase through a Longview neighborhood Friday afternoon.
Morgan Perry Bluehorse “was knocked down by an 82-year-old man with officers hot on his tail,” Hallowell said Saturday. “His last name was Miracle.”
Terry Miracle, that is — who called on his Puyallup High School football training from 65 years ago and “launched my cross-body block.” Despite some sore muscles Saturday, he said he was feeling pretty good about the capture.
Hallowell said the chase began at 1:25 p.m. Friday when he was driving on Ocean Beach Highway and saw a “suspicious subject” — later identified as Bluehorse — coming from behind a residence in the 3300 block of Ocean Beach wearing a backpack. As soon as Bluehorse saw him, he bolted, Hallowell said.
Hallowell said other officers joined the chase as Bluehorse ran between houses, through yards and jumped over fences.
“This was a big production,” he said, involving the whole neighborhood. “The citizens were the ones helping us, pointing where he was last running. ... They showed us where he was popping out and jumping fences.”
Miracle — well-known to regular patrons of the Cowlitz Community Farmers Market — could hear the commotion as he weeded his garden.
“They were shouting out ‘He’s at 3296’ — that’s my place,” Miracle said. He came out of the garden to see what was going on but the chase had already moved. He heard officers “racing up and down the street trying to re-find (Bluehorse).”
Officers penned him in at the tip of Olive Way and Nebraska Street, Hallowell said.
“Then he kicked in the back door of a garage in the 3200 block of Nebraska, went through the garage and out the other pedestrian door,” Hallowell said. “Officers were closing in on him.”
Then Miracle, who was back in the garden, heard “There he is, heading back to 3296!”
“He sprung into action,” Hallowell said.
Miracle positioned himself where he thought the runner might be coming. The garage Bluehorse had entered belonged to one of Miracle’s neighbors, but it was out of Miracle’s sight due to a tall fence. The increasing volume of yelling, however, told Miracle the chase was getting near.
“(Bluehorse) came thundering around the house,” Miracle said. “He was looking back over his shoulder to see where they were, and he turned around the corner of the house and he was coming at me just like the runners used to do when I played football.”
Miracle said he had the perfect angle for a tackle and decided “I’m gonna get him. I started running towards him, and he stopped as I launched my cross-body block. I had misjudged. I was counting on him continuing to run so I would hit him. When he stopped he got kind of tangled up in his feet. I kicked out my knee, as I always did with a cross-body block, and caught his knee with my knee. He went down and so did I.”
Bluehorse got up a couple of seconds later and continued running, but Miracle’s tackle gave police enough time to catch up. A second officer hit Bluehouse solidly in the chest, Miracle said.
“It sounded like somebody hit the bass drum, and he went back down this time.”
Bluehorse, 27, of Kelso, was booked on suspicion of second-degree burglary (related to an earlier investigation), third-degree theft, trespassing, resisting arrest, obstructing an officer, third-degree malicious mischief and methamphetamine possession. He also had a no-bail Department of Corrections warrant, which is the reason he ran in the first place, Hallowell said.
Bluehorse has a long criminal history involving burglary. In 2004, he was sentenced to nine years in prison for burglarizing 14 Longview businesses