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Woman arrested for DWI years after conviction overturned in fatal wreck

VIDALIA — The woman whose 2004 alcohol-related vehicular homicide conviction was overturned two years later was arrested this week on allegations she was driving under the influence.

Sherry S. Bailey, 45, 1718 Merrill St., Natchez, was arrested Wednesday on charges of driving while intoxicated and improper lane usage.

Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy David Hedrick said CPSO deputies responded to Bailey driving erratically on the highway at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, and she was arrested after a Louisiana State Police trooper responded to the scene and made Bailey perform a field sobriety test and blow an intoxylizer test.

Though an appeals court later ruled that Bailey was wrongfully convicted, she was sentenced in May 2004 to six years in prison for vehicular homicide for the 2003 death of 79-year-old Lillie Ingram.

In that case, the victim’s vehicle was stationary, apparently waiting to make a left-turn across U.S. 84 when Bailey’s vehicle struck it. Bailey reportedly failed an intoxilyzer test at the time.

When the conviction was appealed, the higher court ruled “the evidence was insufficient to show that (Bailey’s) intoxication combined with her operation of her vehicle (caused the) victim’s death.” The state supreme court later upheld the ruling.

Bailey was also arrested on DWI charges in Vidalia in 2008.

Bailey was detained on a $2,076 bond Friday.