Man rolls vehicle that he shouldn’t have been driving, GJ police say

A Grand Junction man injured in a rollover Saturday night was driving a vehicle he was prohibited from using because it did not have an ignition interlock system, Grand Junction police said.

Edward Morris, 47, was taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital with head injuries after the Nissan Pathfinder he was driving around 11:15 rolled four times on Fifth Street near the Riverside Parkway exit, Sgt. William Baker said.

Alcohol and speed were factors in the accident, Baker said.

Morris is suspected of careless driving, driving under the influence and violating interlock restrictions, Baker added.

A previous DUI conviction required Morris to drive only vehicles with interlock systems installed, Baker said. He did not know the exact date of Morris’ previous DUI conviction but said it likely was within the past year.

An interlock system prevents a vehicle from starting until the driver blows into a sensor that
measures the driver’s blood alcohol level.

Morris was still listed as a patient at St. Mary’s on Sunday, but his condition was not known.


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