A Lake Havasu City resident was detained in the parking lot of an Acoma Boulevard supermarket when officers at the scene allegedly saw him enter at a high rate of speed, nearly striking several pedestrians who were entering the store.
According to the police report, Robert D. Morland, 36, had sideswiped a vehicle on Acoma Boulevard minutes earlier before driving away. When he entered the parking lot, police said, he nearly struck one pedestrian before emerging from his vehicle. Morland was enraged at the near-accident, police said, and argued with the pedestrian before officers approached.
Witnesses to the alleged hit-and-run accident provided police with Morland’s license plate number, the report said, and additional officers located his vehicle soon after. According to police, Morland’s vehicle sustained minor damage consistent with the alleged accident.
When officers attempted to speak to Morland, he failed to identify himself and attempted to leave the scene before officers detained him, the report said.
According to police, an empty bottle of vodka and an empty can of beer were found in Morland’s vehicle. Morland was arrested at the scene and transported to Lake Havasu City Police Department for questioning.
Morland allegedly said he was on his way to the supermarket to cash a check, and denied striking another vehicle on his way. He told officers the empty bottle of vodka located in his vehicle wasn’t his, according to the report, and refused to consent to a breath test for his blood-alcohol concentration.
Morland was told a warrant would be requested to draw his blood, according to the report, to which he allegedly replied that obtaining such a warrant would take hours, and that he “would be sober by then.”
According to the report, Morland’s arrest took place at about 5 p.m. A warrant was obtained and Morland’s blood was drawn at about 6:50 p.m.
“Between writing up a request for a warrant and submitting that request to a judge, it typically takes about an hour,” said Lake Havasu City Police Sgt. Tom Gray on Tuesday.
According to research by Ohio-based Bowling Green University, a healthy liver can process about 0.015 percent of a person’s blood-alcohol concentration per hour after drinking.
Morland was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident and held for court at Lake Havasu City Jail. As of Tuesday afternoon, the possible toxicity of Morland’s blood was not yet determined.