Police arrested a woman who was involved in a Key West crash that killed an off-duty Delray Beach police officer and left another critically injured.
Lacy Marine Morris, 32, was taken into custody by Broward Sheriff's Office Tuesday evening, Key West police confirmed. She was wanted on charges including DUI manslaughter and DUI causing serious bodily injury in the April 8th crash that killed Officer Christine Braswell and left Officer Bernenda Marc hospitalized. An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday and her atttorney said Morris was planning on possibly surrendering to authorities in Key West.
"The police found it upon themselves to do what they wanted to do without our cooperation," Evan Hoffman, the suspect's attorney. Hoffman insisted Morris was not on the run.
Police were actively seeking Morris after a toxicology report that came back this week showed she had a blood alcohol content of 0.17.
"This arrest was only based on the alcohol blood draw that was done forcibly. I was told that the other blood tests aren't even in yet. So, someone essentially decided to jump the gun as far as we're concerned," Hoffman said.
Braswell and Marc were riding a motor scooter around 1:30 a.m. when Morris veered her car into the oncoming lane and hit the scooter, police said.
Braswell, who was driving, and Marc, her passenger, were airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center where Braswell later died.
Police said an officer at the scene smelled marijuana coming from Morris' car and said her eyes were red and glassy. Morris refused to perform a roadside sobriety test and refused to give a voluntary blood sample, but police got a search warrant and obtained the sample, officials said.