MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — Police said Monday charges are expected following a pursuit in Hardy County Sunday.

Sunday at about 6:15 p.m. West Virginia State Police trooper B.W. Thorn was attempting a traffic stop in Moorefield but the driver Terry Morris of Mathias failed to yield and fled onto U.S. Route 48 heading eastbound before exiting onto state Route 259 in Baker in Hardy County.

During the pursuit Morris’ vehicle smashed into a Hardy County Sheriff’s Department Cruiser causing Morris to lose control and crash. Morris fled on foot and after a brief foot pursuit with the use of a WVSP K-9 he was arrested.

Morris was transported to Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA for injuries suffered in the crash.

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  • Moorefield gurl

    He had suspended license and on probation is what his friend told me... But he never stopped just kept going so the officer pursued him either way no one was majorerly hurt but high speed chases on our roads aren't safe point blank period... Need to find another way of dealing with this but I've seen in bigger cites where the safest way to stop it is to hit them so they crash and don't hurt anyone else while tryin to get away I hope this stupid decision is a wake up call for him cause it sure as hell wasn't worth trying to run away

  • Moorefield Resident

    Just thank GOD no one got hurt.

  • Moorefield Resident

    Roger is absolutely right.. and they are missing alot of information to this article. No one ever said the guy was innocent. But everyone is going to have a different story on how and what happened. Don't police vehicles have cameras in their cars? Pull up those. Then we would know how it all happened.

  • Amanda

    ok first of all, the cop was going to pull him over for not wearing a seatbelt. The state of WV passed a law in 2005 stating that during a pursuit, once they reach a certain speed (still trying to find out the exact speed) the police are required to back off. This law was passed after a boy was killed in moorefield during a pursuit. The cops clocked Terry at 150mph on corridor H(Rt.48)...I'm pretty sure they were required to back off before 150mph but again Im still trying to find out for sure what the speed is. The cops admitted to hitting Terry at A Corner Mart but the crash didnt happen there... it happened when they hit him 2 more times at 120 mph on Rt. 259 causing him to lose control. He flew 75 ft in the air and rolled 5 time. He then got out of the car and began running into the woods where he realized he wasn't going to outrun them and SURRENDERED...he got down on the ground and put his hands behind his back...THEN the cops sent the k9 after him (the scratches on him are sideways...if the dog was chasing him, they would be up and down and itd be a bite mark not scratches) they used more than enough pepper spray on him... so much that the nurses in the ER couldnt stand to go in his room and they also beat the crap out of him....all this AFTER he had already surrendered. They then took him to winchester hospital because his neck was hurting, officer Thorn went with him to the hospital but then put his business card in Terrys shoe, said "call me tomorrow" and left the hospital and Terry was released to go home. There were no drugs in his system or the vehicle.. whoever wrote this article needs to recheck their sources and get the facts right.

    • bobsowv

      Amanda, sorry you are WRONG; No law was passed to prohibit the police from pursuing anyone, no limit on speed.......nothing, so your wrong. Go the the WV State Code and look for yourself.

    • Common Sense

      The use of force by the police was to prevent the possibility of this dumb ass hurting an innocent by-stander. If he got the crap beat out of him, he deserved every bit of it. Society is falling apart because of idiots that cannot accept accountability and the attorneys that sue on their behalf for a quick settlement. I hope he remains off the streets for a long time. I would love to see all people like him out of our communities.

    • moorefield resident

      Amanda...Omg...he was innocent. ..so that's why he ran from the police. Thanks for explaining this. LOL

      • Amanda

        I never said he was innocent. I said there were no drugs in his system or the vehicle because when someone says "he ran from the cops" they automatically think "he musta had drugs or something" and he didn't. He ran from the cops because he's not right in the head. It was stupid to run and he knows that now but they could have handled the situation differently. Officer Thorn was at his house the week before for his brother and Thorn ran his license then and never said anything about them being suspended... he just said Terry had 30 days to get his address changed. It wasn't until after the accident that I started hearing his license were suspended. There are laws against chasing someone at those speeds in order to keep everyone else safe. After it was passed in WV, VA also passed a law that police have to back off at 80mph when chasing someone on a motorcycle and i think its like 100 mph for a vehicle. Yes I have seen cases where they crash into the suspect to stop them but NOT for a traffic violation... I'd understand if he murdered someone, robbed a bank, or committed a serious crime but there was no excuse for purposely wrecking him and nearly killing him over a traffic violation. and i wasnt completely right in my earlier post...he was going about 120 mph on 259, the cop got beside him and hit the car sending him onto the shoulder which is when he hit a bump and went 75 ft in the air...then the car landed back on its 4 wheels, sideways in the road, and was sliding when the officer hit him again in the side and that caused the car to start rolling. like I said, I'm not saying what he did was right or that he's innocent...i'm just saying they should've handled it differently and the cops aren't so innocent either. And if you're wondering how I know all this, it's because it was my car he was driving.

        • Wvlover

          First of all going to clear something up, your criminal bf hit the deputies car which was in front of him! Ur bf hit the deputy trying to wreck the deputy but instead lost control of the car and wrecked himself. And the deputies car never hit his car after it landed back on its tires. It flipped once!!!!!! You are so freaking annoying running your mouth. Your bf ran from the officers before and ended up getting away bc he ran in the woods. Stop trying to blame others for your bf being a dumb ass!!!!

          • Wv lover

            This is to reply to Amanda...can't hit reply under your comment. But to make a few things clear...it's called THE LAW! since he went to the hospital then the police have to get WARRENTS for his arrest. So good for you that your mad maybe the police get mad and tired of dealing with idiots like this guy. You were trying to say that a law was passed about pursuits and you weren't even right about that! You should take time to get the facts before saying something that makes you look like even more of an idiot! You act like you are doing him a favor by getting on here and "defending" his wrong doings. Most if not all of the people on here that defend him are probably family/friends! The rest of the people make valid points. Hopefully he learns from this. And I'm not a cop...I wouldn't b able to deal with ppl like him on a daily basis! Take care, and have a great day! And what the officer did at corner Mart was a way to try to stop it before it got more out of hand, what was done is called a PIT!!!! At the end of the day a big prayer goes up that no innocent bystander or a police officer doing their job was hurt bc of his lack of judgement!

          • Amanda

            1st of all... I never said anything about him being my boyfriend. 2nd in order for u to know that information about him running before...u must be a cop. 3rd... so what ur saying is... Terry was chasing the cop? I mean if he was behind the cop.. apparently he was chasing the cop.. how the hell does that make any sense? unless ur talking about what happened at A corner mart....in which case... Terry came to a stop to turn onto rt 259 and the officer behind him ran into him (the rear end of my car can prove this) which spun him around and into officer shipes cruiser... so yea he did hit 1 of the cops but only because he was rear ended by another cop. And Im not blaming anyone for what he did. Im just saying the situation should have been handled differently. they could have done something other than purposely wreck him/attempting to kill him like put spikes out, setup a road block... there are alternative ways to handle this kind of situation. And u can sit there and say they had to do it to catch him but let me ask u this.... why the hell did they let him go home from the hospital???? The ONLY reason they took it that far is because...yes he did run from them before and got away and they knew who he was... they've been out to get him ever since he got away even tho he did his time for that.. I guess they never really got over the fact that he outran them...and they sure as hell wasnt gonna let him get away this time....they just wanted to prove a point that they could catch him even if it meant they had to kill him... but then they just let him go anyways.. sure they might be looking for him now but if u had to go to that extremity to catch him in the first place... why would u turn around and let him go home? so basically they just wrecked my car and nearly killed Terry so they could give him a business card and say "call me tomorrow"??? justify that crap for me since u seem to know every damn thing. and yea for the record i am beyond mad. (2nd attempt to post this 1st time it didnt go through.. sorry if it posts twice)

  • Cheryl

    They knew who was driving for one why did they not just back off pursuit umm excessive speed get real and as for him hitting the cop car i was informed that they pitted Terry at corner Mart yes he spun but the went on i was told by several officers this and only one officer told me he hit a cop car yes he was stupid to run cause yes there was a lot of people in danger makes me mad but again cops should have backed off

  • Roger

    These high speed pursuits, whether necessary or not, comes down to the fact that police officers just cannot stand the idea of someone getting away from them...Its called pride....The safety of innocent people if pushed to the side. Police often break more laws than the public does, such as speeding, texting while driving, talking on cell phones, running stop signs...I see it done all the time....All this is done under non-emergency conditions...

  • rusty

    i seen part of this pursuit. i actually had to pull over at the 259/55 intersection. state police spun the car at he made the turn onto 259 south. Unfortunately, they did not trapped the after the spin and he was able to take off again.

    • Cheryl

      very true they spun him he did not hit there car they hit his car

  • Independent View

    It appears that extensive police pursuits are on the rise.
    The article states that, "West Virginia State Police trooper B.W. Thorn was attempting a traffic stop in Moorefield but the driver Terry Morris of Mathias failed to yield and fled onto U.S. Route 48 heading eastbound before exiting onto state Route 259 in Baker in Hardy County."
    According to my recollection, Baker is considerable distance from Moorefield. Did this man just murder someone or rob a bank or car-jack somebody or was it a case of expired license plates or expired inspection sticker? How many other motorists lives were put in jeopardy due to this pursuit?
    There is a history of literally hundreds of cases of police pursuits for minor offenses that ended tragically for the person being pursued, the officer or the traveling public.
    Maybe the state police's pursuit policy needs revisited and/or the entire force needs to be reminded that a minor moving violation is not worth someone's life. You have their license number, vehicle description and know where they reside. Go get a warrant and arrest them instead of high speed pursuits over country roads.

    • Jonus Grumby

      If Morris steps on the brake instead of the gas, we wouldn't be having this discussion, right?

    • Jason412

      Independent View,

      I thought it was a great, well thought out post. The response's, not so much.

      Obviously, almost all the blame lies with the criminal for running. But putting lives in danger to enforce traffic laws is hardly in line with the "To Protect and Serve" mantra.

      Me,

      Cops in major cities frequently discontinue chases when it becomes to dangerous. They never have a problem charging someone.

      Dumb Liberals,

      What do you mean the offender wasn't displaying a sign indicating whether he had committed a major or minor offense? Whatever was the reason to initiate the traffic stop is the "sign". The police chasing him knew whether they tried to pull him over for a traffic violation, or whether they tried to pull him over for a major crime.

    • Ro

      All the idiot has to do is "Obey" the law. Pull over when advised, and a "chase" would not be necessary. You sound as if you and the idiot that ran is "above" the law. Maybe you should "revisit" your line of reasoning.

      Law Abiding Ro

    • JR

      "According to my recollection, Baker is considerable distance from Moorefield." Are you stuck on Little House on the Prairie? On Corridor H, it takes about 15 minutes doing the posted speed limit of 65. Plus, it's not like we're talking I-64 Fort Hill Bridge traffic here.

      It's called officer discretion. Evaluating the suspect, factoring in the surrounding environment, and using judgment based on the officer's experience. I'll trust a trained officer's discretion on the scene more than I will yours.

    • Dumb Liberals

      I don't believe the "offending" driver's vehicle was displaying a sign indicating whether he was just committing a "minor" or "major" offense. Maybe you need to elucidate your idea to a liberal legislator to which they can introduce a law requiring offenders to place a placard upon the vehicle they are absconding in, indicating that they are a misdemeanor of felon fleeing from Law Enforcement. I'm sure it would make the officers' feel better. In fact, why not require the offending drivers to place a photo ID of themselves on the rear of their mean's of egress, similar to a "hack" license required in major cities. Then LE knows who the driver is so as to allow them to get the warrants later.

    • Dumb Liberals

      I don't believe the "offending" driver's vehicle was displaying a sign indicating whether he was just committing a "minor" or "major" offense. Maybe you need to elucidate your idea to a liberal legislator to which they can introduce a law requiring offenders to place a placard upon the vehicle they are absconding in, indicating that they are a misdemeanor of felon fleeing from Law Enforcement. I'm sure it would make the officers' feel better. In fact, why not require the offending drivers to place a photo ID of themselves on the rear of their mean's of egress, similar to a "hack" license required in major cities. Then LE knows who the driver is so as to allow them to get the warrants later.

      This would work just about on the same level as the lunacy legislation for gun control. Illegals don't care about the law, you DUMB LIBERAL LOON!

      • Independent View

        @ Dumb Liberals, Randy, me & JR
        You do not even know me yet you call me a "DUMB LIBERAL LOON?"
        That shows who has the small mind on this site.
        For all of you posters that blasted me as a "liberal", how wrong you are!! I am very conservative in my thinking and voting.
        Also, for your information, a good friend of mine, a seasoned state police trooper was killed during a minor infraction pursuit. His death was a tragedy and left behind a wife and 12 year old daughter. What compounds the disaster was that two people in the other vehicle that he hit during the pursuit were also killed instantly and the other passenger was made a lifetime quadriplegic! Now you understand my concern about the potential mayhem that police pursuits can cause.
        I lost a good friend and WV lost a great trooper and the family of the vehicle involved lost two family members and have another that requires lifetime care.
        This is just one example of thousands of similar incidents caused by unjustified police pursuits.

    • Randy

      I don't care about the pursued who ran meeting tragic consequences. I do care about the officer and the traveling public.

    • me

      ***Maybe the state police's pursuit policy needs revisited and/or the entire force needs to be reminded that a minor moving violation is not worth someone's life. You have their license number, vehicle description and know where they reside. Go get a warrant and arrest them instead of high speed pursuits over country roads.***

      License number and address doesn't prove who was the actual driver of vehicle during chase. Locates car at residence no one going to admit to driving it. Or ditch it and report it stolen
      But please, lets not blame the one that refused to to pull over. That would be just too east wouldn't it.