KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Knox County prosecutors were forced to dismiss cases against 95 people for crimes ranging from felonies to misdemeanors after the state fired a former Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper for failing to stop at a fiery crash.
Prosecutors on Friday dropped the charges in all cases handled by Charles Van Morgan, The Knoxville News Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/yxtQ33 ).
About half of the defendants appeared to be first time offenders, but others were on their second and third drunken driving arrests. The cases don’t include minor traffic tickets, which still have to be sorted out and dropped as well, prosecutors said.
Morgan was fired this month after investigators found he drove by a fiery car wreck in November that killed a man in Knox County.
Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com