PUYALLUP: Mom allegedly impaired in wreck that injured son

February 17, 2014 

A woman was in jail Sunday after she rolled her vehicle Thursday with her two young sons inside while allegedly under the influence of prescription drugs, alcohol and marijuana.

Evelyn Nicolle Morris, 42, is charged with vehicular assault, reckless endangerment and hit-and-run.

She pleaded not guilty Friday, and her bail was set at $75,000.

According to charging papers:

Morris rolled her vehicle about 5:15 p.m. in the 6500 block of 72nd Street East in the Puyallup area after hitting a couple of other vehicles nearby.

Her two sons, including one who is 12 years old, were in the car at the time. Court records do not give the age of the second child, who suffered a broken clavicle in the crash.

She told deputies she had one beer about 3 p.m., along with her prescription medication.

A portable breath test registered her alcohol level at .069, below the legal limit of .08.

“I pointed out that she took her medication at the same time she told me she was drinking, and she agreed, but stated that someone should have told her,” the deputy reported.

Morris asked whether the blood test the deputy got a warrant for would show marijuana, and when the deputy said yes, she said he “might as well charge her with the marijuana also.”

She said to the deputy that someone should have told her that it was illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana.

Results of her blood test are pending.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268 alexis.krell@ thenewstribune.com www.thenewstribune.com/crime-news @amkrell

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