Rescuers spent an hour-and-a-half working to get 22-year-old Gregory Morrow out of a badger hole after he became stuck about eight feet underground.
The bizarre incident began at about 7:30 a.m. when an OSP trooper spotted two men and a dog in a stolen car. But when the trooper tried to pull the car over in a Jack in the Box parking lot on 4th Street, the car jumped a curb and took off, police say.
Officers with the Ontario Police Department pursued the vehicle, but called off the chase due to safety concerns. A short time later, police received information leading them to Bureau of Land Management Land near Vale.
It was there that police found 35-year-old Jerry Boatman of Ontario, who police say was the passenger in the stolen car. Boatman, who was on foot, was arrested and taken into custody on charges of escape and violating his parole.
Officers continued to search for the driver - later identified as Morrow - by ground and by air. After hours of searching, law enforcement spotted the stolen car in a ravine. Police followed tracks leading away from the ravine until they came upon the dog that had been in the car with the two suspects. As officers got close, however, the dog ran into a large badger hole and wouldn't come out, according to OSP.
As officers removed the dog from the hole, they heard a man screaming for help from deep underground, police say.
They quickly realized that Morrow had climbed into the hole feet-first and gotten stuck in the narrow passage. He told officers he was losing feeling in his arms. It took police more than an hour of digging to reach Morrow and get him out.
Once the suspect was unearthed, he was promptly taken into custody. Morrow was taken to Saint Alphonsus in Ontario for treatment of minor injuries before being arrested on a parole violation warrant.
After a blogging hiatus for a few days (sorry people, I've had a test every day since Wednesday and if I tell my mom that I failed out of school because I was blogging about a guy who fell into a badger hole she'd kill me), NARP Chronicles is back up and running.
As far as this story goes, if you stopped me on the street and told me to close my eyes and picture a guy who stole a car, led police on a car chase, and then fled on foot and got stuck in a badger hole, I'd probably think of someone similar-looking to this guy. This guy looks like he absolutely LOVES bath salts. I can't see him from the neck down, but based off of his face, he's the type of guy to rock the wife beater-and-jean short combo multiple days a week. This guy look like the kid in high school who wore oversized jeans and smoked a ton of cigarettes. That parole that the article said he violated? Definitely a multiple-DUI situation. Again, I'm just making these things up based on what this guy's face looks like, but try to tell me you wouldn't believe that if an outside source gave you all that information.
On another note, how bad do we feel for these poor badgers? Some dumb hick falls into your house, and then a bunch of asshole humans come and fuck up the hole that you worked so hard to build. You know what? Fuck this badger house destroyer.