Trial begins for suspect in fatal Pr. George’s police chase; Off. Adrian Morris died

The man authorities say was driving a car in a chase that killed a Prince George’s County police officer goes on trial starting today.

Kevon Darnell Neal, 24, faces manslaughter, reckless driving, felony theft and other charges in connection with the crash. Authorities accuse Neal and another man of stealing a car from a Laurel gas station in the summer of 2012. Officer Adrian Morris pursued the suspects down Interstate 95 but lost control of his cruiser during the chase, police said. Morris, who was not wearing his seatbelt, swerved off the road and was thrown from his car.

Morris, 23, had worked for the police department for about 2 1/2 years, but had wanted to join the force ever since he was a teenager.

In October, the passenger in the car Morris chased, Kenneth Mitchell, pleaded guilty to auto theft and was sentenced to 14 months of time served.

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Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.

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