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JEFFREY — A Julian man faces multiple charges after an incident that occurred on May 20 on Route 17 in the Boone County town of Jeffrey.

Johnny Lee Morris, 49, was arrested and charged with battery on officer, fleeing other than vehicle, obstructing, driving suspended, no MVI, improper registration, defective equipment and no insurance.

According to a criminal complaint prepared by West Virginia State Trooper A.R. Workman, the trooper was patrolling along Route 17 when he saw a Ford Ranger with no motor vehicle inspection sticker and a defective registration light.

Additionally, the complaint states, the officer initiated a traffic stop and the accused made an abrupt stop facing the guardrail, exited the vehicle and fled into thick vegetation.

The report states that the trooper pursued the accused and gave clear verbal commands to stop and get down on the ground. The complaint further states that the accused “actively resisted” while being placed in hand restraints by kicking the officer in the left thigh and striking his torso, and after a brief struggle on the ground, the accused was placed under arrest.

After contacting Logan communications, the report states that the officer learned that the accused had his drivers license revoked for three active DUIs dating back to 1996 and that the accused communicated that he did not have insurance on the vehicle.

As of press time, Morris was not held in Southwestern Regional Jail. Bond-related information was not available.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at or at 304-307-2401.

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