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Date and Time of Release: 25 October 2012

Date and Time of Incident: 24 October 2012, at 9:18 pm

Subject: Felony Hit and Run DUI Arrest
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24 October 2012, at approx. 9:18 pm, Officers responded to the intersection of Mono Way and Greenley Road for a reported hit and run accident. When Officers arrived, they contacted the driver of the victim vehicle, Fazlollah Salari, 51 of Jamestown, who was operating a 2000 Honda Accord. Salari related that one of her two passengers was injured as a result of the accident and medics were requested. The injured 73 year old passenger refused to be transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Salari related she was stopped at the traffic light at the intersection of Mono Way and Greenley Road, when she was struck from behind by a 1997 Chevy P/U. The driver of the P/U then attempted to pay her, if she didn’t report the incident to the police. When she refused, the driver got back into his vehicle and drove off.

A witness followed the P/U from the scene of the accident to Black Oak Casino, where Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Deputies contacted the driver. The driver was identified as Robert Morris, 44 of Arnold. Morris refused to submit to any field sobriety tests. A preliminary alcohol screening test showed Morris’ blood alcohol (BA) level to be more than three times the legal limit (.27).

Morris was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Tuolumne County Jail where he was booked for felony driving under the influence and felony hit and run.