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Man faces charges after crashing ATV

Led deputy on foot chase and pushed a nurse at hospital

A Sandwich man was arrested Monday night after Grundy County deputies said he crashed an ATV, led a deputy on a chase and pushed a nurse at Morris Hospital.

According to the arrest report, at about 6:45 p.m., a deputy was dispatched to an ATV crash on N. Jugtown Road north of Whitetie Road in Goose Lake Township.

As the deputy traveled to the location, a dispatcher told him witnesses reported the man involved in the crash, later identified as Matthew M. Morris, 23, appeared intoxicated and was bleeding from his head and face. Witnesses also reported that Morris spoke with them and ran into nearby woods.

At the scene, the deputy was pointed in the direction of where the man went into the woods, and when he located the man, he led the deputy on a chase, but was eventually stopped when the deputy caught up with him.

As the deputy brought him back to the crash site, the man claimed he didn’t know about the crash and didn’t know why he was bleeding, but witnesses identified him as the ATV driver. Morris was transported to Morris Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

According to the report, when the deputy went to the hospital, he reported seeing about four to five people holding Morris down to keep him from leaving after he reportedly pulled out an IV and shoved a nurse out of the way.

Morris was charged with aggravated battery, driving under the influence, obstructing and driving with a revoked license. He was also cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and improper lane usage. He was held without bond.

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