DUI accident injures two children
Published 7:00 am Friday, February 17, 2017
A single vehicle accident being investigated by the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department resulted in the injuries of two young children.
On Feb. 8 at 10:38 p.m., deputies responded to 7973 Highway 11 North in McNeill in reference to the accident, Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said.
Upon arrival, detectives determined the driver, later identified as Simone Jones, 28, of 58 Coleman Road, McNeill, was traveling north on Highway 11 in a 2006 Toyota Corolla when the vehicle started to run off the road, Tucker said.
Jones then overcorrected to the left, crossing into the southbound lane and entering a grassy area where the vehicle collided with a cement culvert, then rebounded and collided with a utility pole before coming to a stop facing south, Tucker said.
Detectives said the brunt of the impact appeared to be from striking the culvert, he said.
Jones and three passengers, including a 5 and 6-year-old, were transported to the hospital for treatment for minor injuries, Tucker said.
At the hospital, a search warrant was executed to draw blood due to alcohol being suspected as a contributing factor in the accident, Tucker said.
Jones was arrested for two felony counts of DUI causing injury, possession of beer/wine in a dry county, two counts of no child restraint and no insurance, according to departmental arrest reports.
Jones is being held in the Pearl River County jail on a $52,500 bond for those charges, jail records state.
Tucker said the adult passenger was not arrested.