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DWI charges follow 100 mph Woodbury pursuit, crash

A Twin Cities man who allegedly led Woodbury police on a 100 mph chase before crashing his car made his first appearance this month in Washington County District Court.

Prosecutors charged Samuel Bruce Morris, 45, with one count of fleeing police in a motor vehicle - a felony - and a misdemeanor DWI count.

Morris, of Shakopee, made his first court appearance on the charges April 14.

According to a criminal complaint, a Woodbury police officer out on patrol Oct. 25, 2010, noticed that a vehicle stopped at a red light ahead of him on Woodbury Drive didn't proceed once the light turned green. When the light changed back to red, the vehicle surged forward and sped off down Valley Creek Road, which led to a pursuit.

According to a criminal complaint, the driver - later identified as Morris - got the car up to 100 mph during the chase. Morris blew a stop sign at Cottage Grove Drive during pursuit, the complaint alleges.

The officer slowed his squad as it approached Valley Creek Road and Settlers Ridge Drive and soon lost sight of the suspect vehicle. When he reached a T in the road at Valley Creek Road and Manning Avenue, he reported seeing taillights beyond the roadway.

The lights belonged to Morris' vehicle, which had crashed headfirst into a dirt embankment, the complaint states.

Morris began apologizing for fleeing "almost immediately" after the officer made contact with him, according to the complaint. He allegedly told police he was drunk and submitted to a breath test, which registered a .12 blood-alcohol content.

Morris is set to appear in court again June 2.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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