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Lawyer found parked on center line of I-59

A lawyer was found on Thursday morning to be apparently drunk, asleep and parked on the center line of Interstate 59.

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said the department received a call from the Pearl River County Welcome Center security about the incident.

Apparently, a security guard at the welcome center heard cars honking their horns on the interstate. The security guard checked out the cause and found a truck stopped in the center line of the north bound lane of the interstate. After the security guard’s attempts to awaken the driver were unsuccessful, the guard called the Sheriff’s Department which sent out a deputy, Tucker said.

Once the deputy arrived, he too had a difficult time awakening the driver. Eventually the deputy had to break out the passenger side window of the truck to rouse the driver, who was identified as Ray Thomas Price, 43, of 707 Bay Ave., Richton. The report lists Price’s occupation as attorney.

Price was asked if he needed an ambulance. After he said he needed one, an ambulance took him to Highland Community Hospital. Tucker said Price was charged with DUI and cited for possession of bonded whiskey.