Traffic delays expected during funeral for Prince George’s officer

August 27, 2012

Funeral services for Adrian Morris, a Prince George’s County police officer who died last week during a highway chase, will be held Tuesday morning and could affect traffic, with thousands of mourners expected.

Morris, 23, was pursuing suspects in an attempted break-in when his cruiser ran off Interstate 95 on Aug. 20 and into a ravine. The 2 1 / 2-year veteran was remembered as a compassionate officer who as a teen had dreamed of becoming a police officer.

The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Woodstream Church, at 9800 Lottsford Rd. in Mitchellville. Burial will follow at Lakemont Memorial Gardens, at 900 W. Central Ave. in Davidsonville.

Police are expecting a lot of traffic Tuesday, with officers from around the region and elsewhere coming to the service.

The funeral procession will begin with a motorcade from the funeral home in Beltsville to the nearby police station. The procession will follow Powder Mill Road to Caverly Avenue, with a left onto Montgomery Road and another left onto Sellman Road to drive by the police station. There will be rolling roadblocks accompanying the motorcade.

After driving by the station, the procession will take back roads to the church in Mitchellville.

After the funeral, the motorcade will head to the cemetery. The procession will take Ruby Lochart Boulevard before making a right turn onto Lottsford Road and a left onto Landover Road and then merging onto eastbound Central Avenue.

The day after the crash, Kenneth Clark Mitchell Jr., 24, of the District was arrested. Two days later, Kevon Darnell Neal, 23, of Fort Washington turned himself in. Both were charged with felony theft for allegedly riding in a stolen car during the chase.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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