A 26-year-old Corvallis man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly stealing a car that was idling early Sunday morning and nearly striking the car's owner, according to police.

Officers arrested Conrad Adlai Morgan minutes after he reportedly stole the car from the Food Cart Pod, 461 SW Jefferson Ave., said Lt. Dan Duncan.

The alleged victim, who works at one of the food carts, had started his car to warm it up at about 12:15 a.m., Duncan said. He then returned to his food cart to finish closing it. That’s when he reportedly noticed Morgan getting into his car, Duncan said.

The man went to his car in an attempt to stop Morgan from getting away, Duncan said. Morgan allegedly nearly struck the victim, who had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit by the car, Duncan said.

The alleged victim got into the car of another man working at the food carts, Duncan said. The two men reportedly followed Morgan while calling 911 and relaying Morgan’s actions, he said. They followed Morgan to the Fred Meyer parking lot at 777 NW Kings Blvd. A nearby officer heard the broadcast from dispatch and pulled into the parking lot as Morgan was parking the car, Duncan said.

The officer took Morgan into custody without any issues, Duncan said, adding that Morgan was under the influence of alcohol, although his blood alcohol concentration was not available.

Prosecutors charged Morgan on Monday with first-degree robbery, attempted second-degree assault, unauthorized use of a vehicle, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and reckless endangering.

Morgan appeared in Circuit Court for his arraignment via video conferencing from the Benton County Jail. Corvallis defense attorney Mike Flinn entered not guilty pleas to all charges on Morgan’s behalf.

Judge Locke Williams imposed a $225,000 bond in the case.

Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or lillian.schrock@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock. 

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