Jerry R. Morris Jr.

Troopers accuse man of DWI, driving over 100 mph on Route 49

Published Feb 21, 2018 at 4:00pm

TOWN OF WHITESTOWN — A Rome man has been charged with driving drunk after law enforcers said the SUV he was driving was speeding at more than 100 mph on Route 49 early Monday morning, leading to a crash.

Marcy-based state police said Jerry R. Morris Jr., 31, of Rome, was spotted speeding at 115 mph in a 65 mph zone on Route 49 at about 3:40 a.m. Monday in a 2006 Toyota Highlander. Troopers said Morris then lost control of the SUV and it struck a guide rail, then it went down an embankment on River Street into the Town of Whitestown.

Morris was taken into custody, and troopers said they learned that he had taken the Toyota from a residence in Yorkville without the owner’s permission.

Morris is charged with one count each of driving while intoxicated, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and speeding, troopers said. He was arraigned in court and was sent to county jail in lieu of $7,500 cash bail or bond. He is scheduled to reappear in court.