Mississippi: Driver Shelley Rose that was wrong way on I-59 and killed two others and herself in crash racked up fourth DUI in a few days prior to Thanksgiving Day mayhem
Shelley Rose was arrested Nov. 20, 2018, by the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department for her fourth offense felony DUI. She was released from the county detention center on a $10,000 bond about eight hours later.
Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun said deputies arrested the 48-year-old Rose after the department received calls about the possibly intoxicated driver of a Dodge Caravan. Witnesses said Rose allegedly drove off the roadway and sideswiped a concrete parking barrier.
After she bailed out of the Lauderdale Detention Center, records show the Ellisville Police Department in Jones County arrested Rose the next day, on Nov. 21, on a public drunkenness charge. Ellisville is about an hour south of Meridian on I-59.
Rose was released without bail later that night, according to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department website.
Less than two days later, Rose was heading north on I-59 when her Dodge Caravan collided head-on into Bright’s Saturn Ion and Vincent’s Nissan Altima. A southbound Honda CRV then crashed into the Saturn and rolled over into the wood line, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol. The agency is investigating the crash.
Turnage, who was preparing Thanksgiving dinner when he was called to the crash scene, said several witnesses who saw Rose driving the wrong way called 911, hoping to prevent an accident. But it was too late.
In Mississippi, a third DUI is a felony for anyone with two convictions if the first two DUI charges occurred within the previous five years. A third offense carries a sentence of one to five years.
Last year, the law changed to make a fourth offense, no matter the time period involved, a felony punishable by a minimum prison sentence of two years, with a maximum of 10.
Still, some in law enforcement say their hands are tied by the slowness of the court system in putting these cases together. And getting information from jurisdictions where previous DUI offenses have occurred is still a challenge, Lauderdale County Sheriff Billie Sollie said.
“In these cases, there’s a lot of post-incident reports to be conducted. Part of the problem is getting these cases for the prosecution. There can be multiple counties and jurisdictions involved and it’s not easy getting that information through the courts,” he said. MORE
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