Niles man takes plea deal in fatal crash case

(Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail)

A Niles man who led a pursuit that ended with a fatal crash is going to prison.

39-year-old James Morrison took a plea deal where two charges he was facing were dropped. Instead, he pleaded guilty to resisting law enforcement, drug, driving under the influence, and causing a crash with serious bodily injury charges.

On February 21, 2017, he led a Berrien County deputy on a chase while driving a stolen SUV over 100 miles per hour. Morrison’s SUV ended up ramming a pickup truck at Indiana 933 and Dardek Road. 62-year-old Andre Northern Junior was killed in the impact.

It was later determined Morrison had used heroin prior to the crash.

His sentencing is March 6th.

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