Md. man wanted in fatal crash caught in Carroll Co.

October 26, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - A Maryland man wanted on a drunken driving charge related to a fatal two-car crash Sept. 20 on U.S. 340 in Jefferson County was picked up Wednesday night in Carroll County, Md., police said.

Richard Lewis Morris Sr., 45, of 338 Fair Ave. in Westminster, was found at a residence in Carroll County about 8 p.m., according to Cpl. Vincent Tiong of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

Morris was picked up on a fugitive warrant for DUI causing death and was being held on $10,000 bond Thursday afternoon at the Carroll County Detention Center, Tiong and Sgt. Jim Fisher of the Carroll County Sheriff's Department said.

Tiong said his department will begin extradition proceedings in an attempt to have Morris returned to Jefferson County.

Morris was sought by police after a wreck on U.S. 340 near the Halltown Road intersection north of Charles Town in which a southbound white Nissan struck another car from behind at a high rate of speed, Tiong said.


The driver of the car that was struck, Cynthia Hose, 39, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., died Monday at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Tiong said.

A passenger in Hose's car, David Weiss, 40, of Harpers Ferry, was treated and released from Inova Fairfax Hospital, Tiong said.

Tiong said the driver of the white Nissan was intoxicated and laughed about the crash.

Tiong said he later obtained a search warrant for the driver's medical records from Jefferson Memorial Hospital the night of the accident and determined he was intoxicated. The driver also tested positive for "opiates," Tiong said.

Opiates are a derivative of narcotics, Tiong said.

A passenger in the white car, Tammie L. Green-Morris, 48, of 28 Walnut Grove, Charles Town, was charged with permitting DUI, and her case is still pending, Tiong said. Tiong said in his report that he obtained medical records for Green-Morris and determined that she was intoxicated the night of the accident and had cocaine in her system.

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