Greyhound bus crash suspect apologizes


by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on January 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 2:20 PM

PHOENIX -- The man suspected of attacking a Greyhound bus driver, causing the bus to crash on Interstate 10, apologized to the people injured in the accident during a jailhouse interview Monday.

Maquel Morris, 25, rambled during the 20-minute interview, and he appeared erratic and unaware of the damage he allegedly caused, refusing or unable to answer questions about the bus crash near Tonopah last week that left two dozen people injured.

"To be honest, from the time I left the bus station, a lot of stuff didn’t make sense to me," Morris said.

He said people were after him, specifically his old boss from a door-to-door sales job in Los Angeles. He grew angry as he explained his situation.

"The whole time I was inside the Greyhound, and no one called the police," Morris said. "I even asked people to call the police."

Russ Richelsoph, a former public defender, said Morris sounded unintelligible during his interview, and jail is not the right place for someone behaving like him.

"Putting somebody in an environment that is stressful and unpleasant isn’t conducive to getting them to open up to treatment, getting them to take medications and getting them stabilized," Richelsoph said, adding that Morris should have received mental health treatment sooner.

Morris said he did not mean to put anybody in danger.

"I called everybody and said the same thing: 'I just want to get home safely,'" he said.

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