The Hopkinsville fire-fighter accused of assaulting a Clarksville Police officer with his car last year was found not guilty in Montgomery County court Wednesday.
The Leaf-Chronicle reports 44-year old Michael Ray Morris was acquitted by a jury that only deliberated for about 15 minutes before coming back with their verdict of not guilty.
Morris had been accused of hitting Officer Robert Durham with his vehicle March 19th of last year in the parking lot of the Great Escape Movie Theater. As previously reported, Officer Durham said he saw Morris unclothed in the back of a vehicle with his girlfriend and told him to stop.
Morris said he was only changing shirts and that he didn’t know the off-duty Durham was a police officer and drove away. The assault charge came when Durham said he was struck by the vehicle in the process.
Defense attorney Carrie Gasaway told the paper that Morris is grateful to the jury for taking their job seriously and clearing his name of any wrong-doing.