RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — An Apex man arrested and charged after intentionally crashing his truck in a domestic dispute Saturday morning allegedly tried pulling a knife on authorities while he was being arrested, according to warrants.
Matthew Juan Morrison, 31, of the 1500 block of Townhome Drive in Apex, was charged with injury to property, first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, animal cruelty, and possession of firearm by a felon, according to police.
The crash shut down Interstate 40 eastbound near exit 301 and the Interstate 440 ramp for nearly an hour Saturday morning.
The crash happened just before 8:20 a.m. while Matthew Juan Morrison, 31, was driving his pick-up truck and got into a “domestic dispute” with a 26-year-old woman in the vehicle, said Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department.
“…Morrison intentionally drove from a travel lane on Interstate 40 and struck a concrete barrier,” Sughrue said in a statement to the media.
Neither Morrison nor the woman sustained life-threatening injuries during the crash. Morrison’s pit bull was also in the car, thus the animal cruelty charge. The pit bull was not injured.
According to warrants, Morrison tried several times to pull a knife from his waistband while an officer attempted to arrest him. He was found with a large folding knife in his undergarments while in custody at the Wake County Detention Center, warrants show.
The possession of a firearm by a felon charge stems from a previous conviction in Georgia. Morrison was convicted on a felony marijuana charge in 2014. He was sentenced to six months confinement and 10 years of probation.
He’s accused of kidnapping the female passenger and assaulting her with his truck. He is being held under no bond at the Wake County Detention Center.
Morrison is due in court at 9 a.m. on June 13.