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Charges Certified Against Gordonsville Man Accused of Hitting Officer with Pickup

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A 44-year-old Gordonsville man, charged with attempted capital murder, will face a grand jury after police say he hit a police officer with his pickup truck.

Harold Tazewell Morris faces several charges including attempted capital murder, hit and run, and felonious assault.  He is accused of driving drunk and hitting the back of a woman's car twice near the intersection of Long and High streets.  Morris then proceeded to hit an Albemarle County police officer.

Thursday, the judge certified all charges against Morris, except an attempted malicious wounding charge. 

The point of contention in court Thursday was Morris's intent. The prosecution said eye contact made between Morris and the police officer proved that he intentionally hit the officer. The defense tried to prove that Morris was headed for the car - not the officer - and it was the officer who put himself in harm's way.

It will be up to a grand jury to decide if Morris will be indicted. The certified charges go before the grand jury in Charlottesville Circuit Court on June 18.

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