STANARDSVILLE, VA., NOV. 18 -- Greene County Sheriff William Morris says some members of his family are refusing to speak to him because he arrested his brother.
"It was the hardest thing I've had to do since I've been a police officer . . . . Some of the people in my own family won't speak to me now," said Morris, who believes he is related to 200 to 300 people in the rural county, located north of Charlottesville.
Morris, 43, charged his brother Clyde, 45, with reckless driving, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer -- the sheriff -- after a weekend incident.
William Morris said he was parked at a service station here on Sunday when he saw a motorcyclist cut across a parking lot and drive onto Rte. 33 without stopping.
The sheriff followed the motorcycle for about two miles and turned on his flashing lights and siren to pull it over.
"He looked back at me, and I thought . . . 'It's my brother,' " the sheriff said.
As he pulled in front of the motorcycle, he said, its driver made a U-turn and sped away.
The sheriff then went to his brother's home.
"He came out of the house mad, real mad," the sheriff said.
"I asked him for his driver's license and registration. He took a swing at me and missed," William Morris said.
A scuffle ensued. "I got him on the ground and tried to reason with him, but I had to put the cuffs on him," the sheriff told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.