Police: Man should have kept quiet when moving trailer

Jan 9 2013 - 5:38pm



FRUIT HEIGHTS -- If Larry Dean Morris had just moved his truck and trailer quietly, he wouldn't be facing charges, which include possession of cocaine, deputies say.

Morris, 38, of Fruit Heights, was arrested early Sunday morning and booked in Davis County Jail on suspicion of one count of assault, one count of disorderly conduct and one count of possession of cocaine. He has since been released on bail.

Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen said the property manager of a residential association, where Morris lives in Fruit Heights, contacted Morris shortly before midnight and asked him if he would move his truck and trailer off the street.

Local ordinances make it illegal for overnight parking in Fruit Heights and other Davis County cities during the winter months to make snow removal easier, Poulsen said.

"Mr. Morris became threatening and used vulgar language," Poulsen said. "He threatened to beat (the manager) up."

The manager, who is 66 years old, backed away and called police at 12:11 a.m.

When deputies arrived, Morris yelled and screamed at them and then "squared off with the officer," who decided enough was enough and placed Morris under arrest, Poulsen said.

After Morris was handcuffed, deputies searched Morris and found a bag with user amounts of cocaine in it.

"All the manager was trying to do was give Mr. Morris a chance to move his truck and trailer so it wouldn't get towed," Poulsen said.

The Davis County Attorney's Office is reviewing the case before filing formal charges in 2nd District Court.

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