The trooper said he could “immediately smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and person,” according to the report. When the trooper asked Morrison about the odor of alcohol, he said he “had not been drinking.”
According to the report, Morrison’s eyes were “blood shot and red and at times his speech was slurred.” Later, Morrison said he had “consumed only one drink downtown” before the crash.
Morrison said he “tried” but did not stop after the crash but “did not feel safe stopping on the highway,” the GSP said.
Morrison refused a field sobriety evaluation and a breath test and was then arrested, according to the report.
The APD internal investigation is being handled by the Office of Professional Standards, Espy said.
APD Chief Erika Shields “prioritizes officer accountability and professional behavior at all times,” Espy said. “She will take decisive action when necessary to hold employees to the highest standard.”
The driver of the Nissan Sentra requested medical attention for her 9-month-old niece who was in the back seat at the time of the crash, the GSP said.