Grady student accused of carrying gun charged in hit-and-run

by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:

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ATLANTA - A Fulton County Sheriff's Office incident report detailed how investigators linked a 17-year-old girl recently arrested for bringing a gun to school to a hit-and-run back in October.

Morgan Tukes was arrested in February for bringing a gun to Atlanta's Grady High School and accidentally shooting herself in the leg. The victim in October's accident at a McDonald's on Ponce de Leon Avenue recognized Tukes from her mugshot and notified investigators.

According to the report, the woman Tukes hit was driving a city vehicle and wanted police to take an accident report. The deputy wrote Tukes became "visibly irate," swearing and saying 'Ain't nothing wrong with her car!'" The deputy stated Tukes began to drive off, so he grabbed her passenger window and ordered her to stop.

"She refused to comply, subsequently dragging me 35-40 feet into the oncoming traffic," he wrote.

The deputy said he tried to run after Tukes' car when it became stuck in traffic to get a tag number. Instead, he said the teen drove onto the sidewalk for 10 to 15 feet before cutting through a business to get to Monroe Drive.

"I'm glad I wasn't there. Or any kids," Benjamin Lockins told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri outside the McDonald's.

Tukes was charged with several things in connection with the hit-and-run, including reckless driving and aggravated assault on an officer.