Melbourne Police Arrest Convicted DUI Offender, Felon Over The Weekend
By Space Coast Daily // May 23, 2017
47-year-old Scott Joseph Morris from Melbourne Arrested
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne Police have arrested a serial DUI Offender and convicted felon, 47-year-old Scott Joseph Morris from Melbourne, over the weekend.
Authorities say a police officer from Melbourne conducted a traffic stop on the suspect’s blue Scion near Parkway Drive/US-1 early Saturday morning after noticing the vehicle had an expired tag.
Investigators add that the vehicle had also ran a red light.
When contact was made with the driver of the vehicle, police noticed alcohol spills in the vehicle, while Morris had noticeable blood shot eyes and an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath, say police.
Morris’ license was discovered to be suspended with knowledge and he was taken into custody.
A vehicle inventory by police revealed suspected crack cocaine in his pack of cigarettes and a pipe inside the vehicle. Field Sobriety Tests were then administered at the Melbourne Police Department.
“He could not satisfactorily perform the tests and was additionally charged with DUI,” said Lt. T.A. Turner of the Melbourne Police Department.
“He subsequently refused to submit to a breath test. A check of his arrest history revealed 3 prior arrests for DUI with 2 convictions and one reduced to Reckless Driving.”
Furthermore, he was found to have convictions for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer on two different occasions as well as Resisting Arrest with Violence, according to Melbourne Police.
Morris is currently on probation for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Leaving the Scene of a Crash and Resisting Arrest without Violence.
“The Melbourne Police Department is dedicated to the reduction of DUI related offenses in the city,” added Lt. Turner.
“We will continue to search out suspected DUI violations in the best interest of the safety of the citizens. In this case a serial DUI Offender and serial Violent Felony Offender was removed from the community.”
Morris is charged with Felony DUI, DWLS, Refusal to Submit, Violation of Probation, Resisting Arrest without Violence, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Violation of Probation and Possession of a Felony Controlled Substance while in Actual/Physical Control of a Motor Vehicle.
His bond is set at $13,500.
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