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The totaled rear end of a Morris Police cruiser sits under a tarpaulin at Hurst Towing in Fultondale on Tuesday. Two officers were injured when they were struck by a man allegedly driving under the influence.

By Adam Smith

The North Jefferson News




Two Morris Police officers were injured early Saturday when they were hit by an alleged drunk driver.

Morris Police Chief Brian Cochran said officers Adrian Posey and Steven Kitchens were watching traffic on Interstate 65 south at the exit 280 on-ramp when they were struck from behind by another driver in a Ford Fusion shortly before 2 a.m.

Dave Richards from the Alabama Department of Public Safety said the driver, 21-year-old Brandon Michael Whitton, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence. Troopers did not have an address for Whitton.

Cochran said the collision totaled the Morris patrol car and sent Posey and Kitchens to UAB Hospital, where they were later released.

Cochran said the officers’ injuries were not severe. They were treated for bumps and bruises.

Cochran said the accident shook up the department, but he had some advice for his officers. “I told my guys there’s a better way to find drunk drivers than letting them run into you,” he said.

Cochran said it would cost at least $24,000 to replace the cruiser.

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