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Atlanta man linked to kiss, burglary try and car chase

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com · 340-2445

SOMERVILLE — It’s too cold to blame spring fever, and alcohol was not involved, so Morgan County Chief Deputy Mike Corley isn’t sure what led to an Atlanta man’s bizarre actions here Saturday.

Those actions included an attempted burglary and an attempted kiss.

Corley identified the man as Mark Anthony Shelton, 40, of 90 Elizabeth St. N.E.

Corley said Shelton allegedly attempted to burglarize a home in Somerville.

Someone spotted his vehicle and gave authorities a description.

After the failed burglary attempt, Shelton allegedly went to Pizza Inn at Alabama 67 and Alabama 36 in Somerville.

“He went into the employee entrance and approached a female employee,” Corley said. “He didn’t ask for any money or make any threats. He attempted to kiss her. When she resisted, he ran.”

Start of chase

A Morgan County deputy spotted Shelton’s vehicle on Alabama 67 at 2:18 p.m. Corley said Shelton refused to stop.

Two deputies joined the chase. Corley said deputies used spike strips at Hulaco, but Shelton ran over them and kept
driving on flat tires.

The chase ended at 2:37 p.m. when Shelton bumped a patrol car in Cullman County just past the Morgan-Cullman county line, he said.

“It did minor damage to the car,” Corley said. “He finally stopped when his vehicle basically became immobile.”

Corley said deputies took Shelton into custody without incident.

Morgan County and Somerville authorities have charged him with attempted burglary, reckless endangerment and attempting to elude.

Corley said further traffic-related charges are pending. He said the female employee can file a harassment charge.

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