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Firefighter Denies Driving Naked, Assaulting Officer

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by Nick Beres

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - A Hopkinsville firefighter denies driving naked and assaulting an off-duty Clarksville police officer.

Michael Morris is charged with aggravated assault.

"It's kind of hard to deal with," said Morris.

He and his girlfriend went shopping and planned to go see a movie.

"We went to the mall and bought some clothes.  We were going to the show and changed into the new clothes in the car in the parking lot and then a man comes running toward the car," said Morris.

That man was Clarksville police officer Robert Durham. Durham was in uniform and working security for the movie theater when he noticed what appeared to be a naked man in a vehicle.
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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.

Email: nberes@newschannel5.com

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