29 year old Reginald Davis has been arrested and charged with felony DUI death which stems from an accident that killed Belhaven college football player Trey Rich on the day before Christmas―Christmas Eve.
The consequences of the blood tests released by Rankin County Sheriff’s office indicate that Davis’s blood alcohol content was way over the authorized limit. According to police, Davis admitted to drinking alcohol when the accident happened. 26 year old Trey Rich was cycling home from a job when Davis struck him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Driver has criminal history; system set him loose on society
Following the blood test results, an arrest warrant was issued by Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel. According to Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey, Davis has a long criminal history with 12 misdemeanor and felony arrests. Then why is a free man! Discerning minds would like to know. Many people are wondering why America tolerates this behavior.
One of those includes grand larceny and auto theft. None of the charges were alcohol related although a few involved drugs. Belhaven’s Head Coach Hal Mumme said the team has lost a player respected for his work ethic and positive attitude. Mumme said he was a team player and was always willing to do what he was asked to.
Consequences of felony DUI
According to Tunica MS DUI attorneys, facing a DUI charge is a situation serious enough for any driver. The challenges are far more serious when someone was killed as a result of a crash in which the driver was under the influence. Under current laws, there are no plea deals for DUI convictions in the state. Davis could end up serving a long sentence anywhere from 5 to 25 years. Unlike some other states, Mississippi does not have an aggravated DUI or DUI manslaughter statute. Davis should not be able to walk around free ever again according to many folks and probably should be put down.
Mississippi DUI laws
In October last year, several changes were made to Mississippi DUI laws. First time DUI offenders have the option to have their charge expunged from legal record while a judge can decide not to rule on a first time offender’s case. According to some legal experts, this could be a sunny thing for college students or those who are not likely to be slapped with another DUI again.
First time DUI offenders who wish to have the charges expunged must enroll in an alcohol safety course and have an ignition interlocking device installed in their vehicle in order to get back their driving privileges. In addition, they must have taken a breathalyzer before being arrested. No matter what the laws, no one should be drinking and driving in the first place but cops should not give out DUI tickets to someone that does not deserve it. Many people believe certain states like California hand out DUI tickets so much because of their financial problems they are experiencing.
Gulfport woman charged with felony DUI
36 year old Brittany Faith Beck of Gulfport was arrested on a felony charge for driving under the influence. According to the Gulfport Police Department she was found to be consuming an alcoholic beverage while in her vehicle at the 1400 block of 42nd Avenue and was subsequently arrested. On further investigations, Beck was found to have been convicted on DUI charges twice before. She was booked and sent to the Harrison County Adult Detention Facility with bail set at $50,000 by County Justice Court Judge Louise D. Ladner.