Truck driver loses appeal in DUI death

Published 9:28 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The state Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Jackson truck driver found guilty in 2007 in Hinds County of killing another motorist while driving drunk.

Jaison Harness was sentenced to 25 years in prison, with 10 years suspended, and five years probation. Harness was convicted in the death of Clyde Hampton in a two-vehicle accident on a Jackson street.

Prosecutors say Harness’ blood alcohol content was 0.11 percent about four hours after the crash. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent is considered legally intoxicated in Mississippi.

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Prosecutors say a bottle of brandy was found on the floorboard of Harness’ vehicle.

The Appeals Court on Tuesday rejected Harness’ claims in his appeal.