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DPS Transfers Custody of Greyhound Bus Incident Suspect Maquel Donyel Morris to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

Friday, January 24, 2014 -

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DPS turned over custody of Maquel Donyel Morris, 25, today to Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies who are keeping watch over the suspect while he undergoes medical treatment at the Maricopa Medical Center.

Morris was arrested in connection to a Jan. 23 incident where Morris attacked a Greyhound bus driver. That attack caused the driver to lose control of the bus while transporting passengers from Los Angeles through Arizona.

The Greyhound bus was carrying a total of 50 persons, including Morris and the bus driver. Three passengers had to be flown from the scene of the incident and today remain in serious condition.

The incident took place along the eastbound traffic lanes of I-10 near Tonopah and culminated in several passengers helping to subdue Morris. The attack forced the bus to veer into the depressed desert median, travel 500 yards through ruts and vegetation and bounce high into the air multiple times before it came to rest just a few feet from the west bound traffic lanes of Interstate 10. The bus narrowly missed a head on collision with westbound traffic.

DPS recommended the following charges for Morris: 47 counts of endangerment, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal damage. Morris’ booking number is T047552.

Morris’ girlfriend, who was with him on the bus at the time of the attack on the bus driver, remains a cooperative witness and is not in custody.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.