Man involved in crash that took deputy’s life faces four felony counts

Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Justin Griffith issued the folllowing statement today:

“Today, Michael Dominic Morris was charged and arrested on four felony warrants arising from a car crash on Thursday, January 14th on Route 11 in Pulaski County that took the life of Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department’s Sgt. Perry Hodge.

“Morris was charged with the following felony offenses: Aggravated Involuntary Manslaughter; Reckless Driving while Suspended that Caused a Death; Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle; and Felony Murder. Felony Murder is a charge that does not involve an intentional homicide, but rather stems from an unintentional death that occurs during the commission of a felony.

“Morris is currently being held without bail at the New River Valley Regional Jail. His first court appearance will be his advisement of counsel.

“The investigation included assistance from law enforcement officers from the Virginia State Police, Town of Pulaski Police Department, Radford City Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Pulaski County is forever grateful for their service.”