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Justin Morris

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. — A man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident that destroyed a police car and injured a Midwest City police supervisor.

Justin Alan Morris, 31, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon on an arrest warrant for a felony charge of Accidents Resulting in Nonfatal Injury — Failure to Stop.

During the early morning hours of June 28, Lieutenant Laura Henry was driving southbound in the 800 block of N. Douglas Boulevard while searching the area for a business burglary suspect.

She spotted a person walking along the roadway and began to slow down. Lieutenant Henry unbuckled her seat belt and was trying to stop her patrol car when she was hit from behind by a white truck; investigators estimate the truck was traveling at 45 mph.

The crash vaulted Henry’s patrol car across all four lanes of traffic into the east side curb, causing her vehicle to flip.

She was transported to OU Medical Center, and is now home recovering from her injuries.

A witness at the scene said the suspect truck left the scene without stopping, but it was found near the accident with front end damage and a deployed air bag.

When approached at home by investigators, Morris admitted that the truck was his, but he denied that he was the one driving it at the time of the accident.

Search warrants were obtained for Morris’s cell phone records, his vehicle, and his DNA evidence.

DNA samples analyzed from Morris and the deployed air bag inside the suspect truck matched the profile of Justin Morris, OSBI said.

Morris was transported to the Midwest City Police Department jail for processing and transferred to Oklahoma County jail.  His bond is $25,000.

“Character guides us in our daily decisions—Justin Morris obviously lacks this quality by choosing to flee the scene of an injury accident and being untruthful when confronted about it.  Forensic science never lies and was pivotal in solving this hit and run accident that could have easily killed or maimed an innocent police officer,” Chief Brandon Clabes said.

 

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