Driver chases hit-and-run suspect, James Morris, after motorcyclist injured in Martin County

STUART, Fla. - The Treasure Coast has seen a lot of hit-and-run crashes in the past couple of months. Martin County had another Monday night but this time the sheriff's office had help from another driver.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office says 29-year-old James Morris, was drunk driving Monday and hit a man on a motorcycle at the intersection of Indian Street and Willoughby Boulevard.

"The driver of the vehicle was texting and he kept on going after the impact because he thought he had killed the guy," says Sgt. Steven Mochen.

Morris turned on Willoughby Boulevard but he wasn't alone.

"I got a hit-and-run driver that's fleeing, and I got him," according to the 911 call recording.

Another man followed him and called 911. The caller's name hasn't been released. 

He followed Morris down Willoughby Boulevard and onto Pomeroy Street. Morris' car then turned on Graham Drive in the Martins Crossing neighborhood.

As the man chased after the runaway suspect, he pleaded with the dispatcher to send deputies immediately

"Come on I'm driving like crazy here you gotta help me," says the man.

He told the dispatcher he was afraid the guy might hurt him.

"He's pulling over now," says the man, "I don't want to be alone with this guy."

Martin County sheriff's deputies arrived shortly after Morris' vehicle broke down and arrested him.

Morris is charged with DUI and failure to stop among other charges. 

The Martin County Sheriff's Office said the man who followed Morris deserves the credit.

"That's outstanding because if we didn't have anybody that would take the time to do that, this guy would have gotten away," says Sgt. Mochen.

Mochen said the victim is lucky to be alive. He's now in the hospital with serious injuries but the sheriff's office says he is expected to survive.


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