Crash Suspect Surrenders

July 14, 2008 7:45:30 PM PDT
Morris Taylor is accused of driving drunk and beginning a chain reaction of fog related collisions. Eventually, 92 cars piled up on Highway 99. It happened in early November during extremely foggy conditions. Dozens suffered injuries. Two people died. The highway was shut down for hours.Taylor is facing two felony DUI charges. Taylor told Action News he came all the way from Texas to answer to those charges. He caught everyone off guard at the court house because none of the prosecutors expected Taylor would actually surrender on Monday.

Morris Taylor approached many clerks asking for someone to arrest him. Taylor said, "I'm just turning myself in, because there's warrants, warrants for Morris Taylor. I'm Morris Taylor."

Taylor conducted his last interview with Action News before going to jail. The 61-year-old said he is still haunted by that foggy morning on Highway 99. Investigators reported Taylor rear ended another vehicle last November and began the chain reaction collisions. At that time, Taylor was accused of having a blood alcohol level 3 times above the legal limit. But at the court house on Monday, he denied driving drunk before the crash and he feels remorseful for all those injured. Taylor said, "I'm feeling very bad, and I have always felt bad, because they told me that there was two casualties ... there were two people out there."

Taylor said he was nervous going before a judge. He was appointed a public defender and entered a not guilty plea to the charges. Then Deputy District Attorney Dennis Verzosa asked for the defendant to be taken into custody because of the serious allegations. Verzosa said, "Mr. Taylor is charged a felony DUI. His blood alcohol level was .24 which is above the legal limit. Someone was injured." The judge agreed. Taylor remained calm as the deputy handcuffed him. But he told Action News moments before, that he's innocent and will fight the charges against him.

Taylor came to the court house alone. He said most of his family is in Texas. Taylor remains in jail with a $20,000 bond. He returns to court later this week.
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