YUMA, Ariz. – The suspect who allegedly led police on a pursuit and fired gunshots in several Yuma neighborhoods was back in court today and now he’s facing another charge for the incident.
31-year-old Mark Morris was in front of a judge at Yuma County Justice Court to hear his formal charges. Morris is charged with DUI, attempted flight and after more into the police report, the prosecutor added a new charge, disorderly conduct. The charge is related to a .38 caliber handgun that was found near the scene where police arrested Morris. Police say Morris fired the gun in several neighborhoods before he was arrested.
On Wednesday, during Morris’ first court appearance there were no charges related to the shootings. Now with the new charge, Judge Gregory Stewart discussed Morris’ new bond amount.
Judge Stewart says, “I intentionally set bond for a lesser amount because there was no allegation brought forth. The prosecutor reviewed the police report they feel justified in filing that charge. So I will want to address potential modification of bond today.”
The judge did increase the bond from $12,500 to $20,000 because of the disorderly conduct charge.
On Tuesday night, Yuma police received several phone calls from residents saying they heard gunshots. Police searched for 45 minutes for anything suspicious. Police say they saw a dark colored SUV leaving one of the areas where gunshots were reported. That’s when Morris allegedly led police on a pursuit before he was arrested.