Lawyer Faces Murder Charge in Drunk Driving Case

By William Vogeler, Esq. on May 22, 2018 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

There is nothing good to report when lawyers drive drunk. To put it in perspective, losing your license to drive and practice law are minor consequences compared to what can result.

This time, a lawyer was driving drunk -- four times the legal limit -- when she hit a motorcyclist and killed him. She was doing 84 miles per hour when she ran down the man, who was stopped at a red light.

Police booked her on suspicion of second-degree murder in what they describe as a "horrific collision."

'She Kept Going'

According to police, Tracy Shelden Morehouse was driving her red Tesla at speeds over 100 miles per hour before the accident. She hit another car less than half a mile before she struck Greg Dolphin.

"Morehouse failed to stop and remain on scene of that non-injury collision, and instead fled south on Scottsdale Road at a high rate of speed," police spokesman Kevin Watts said.

She kept going, local news reported, until she hit Dolphin. The 45-year-old, who flew more than 250 feet from the impact, was pronounced dead at the scene last year.

Stipulated to Disbarment

The Arizona State Bar placed Morehouse on probation after she was indicted on multiple charges. She didn't respond to the discipline charges at first.

Later, however, she stipulated to disbarment. She had practiced law for 21 years, and had no record of discipline.

Scheduled for trial on June 19, 2018, there is a chance for some good news -- an end to a "horrific" case.

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