Morris said he was only partially dressed when the officer startled him. Morris said he didn't notice the uniform and tried to drive away.
Officer Durham reported he was hit by the fleeing vehicle. Durham was not seriously hurt. Police later arrested Morris.
"Well, this is just a case of overreaching and a lack of government respect for personal liberty," said attorney Fletcher Long, one of Morris' attorneys. Long said Morris did not hit the officer and his client did nothing wrong by changing clothes in the privacy of his own car.
"When we are to the point that you are in your vehicle changing clothes and we have off-duty police officers beating on vehicles. We have a problem with our police department," said Carrie Gasaway, Morris' attorney.
Gasaway and Long said they will fight the charges in court.
Morris is free on $5,000 bond. He remains on duty at the fire department.