Tuesday night wreck leads to DUI arrest

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 10, 2008

NATCHEZ — A three-car wreck Tuesday evening resulted in the arrest of a Natchez man for driving under the influence.

Troop M of Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a two-car accident on Mississippi 555 near Robert Lewis Middle School at 8:55 p.m.

A 2003 Ford Escort, driven by James W. Gilbert, 52, of Natchez, was traveling southbound on the highway when a 1993 Lincoln Continental, driven by Jerry L. Thomas, 33, of Natchez, was traveling northbound and attempted to turn left on Lansdowne Park Road.

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Thomas turned too closely and struck the front part of Gilbert’s car, according to Sgt. Rusty Boyd with public affairs for the highway patrol,

Boyd said Thomas moved his car but Gilbert’s remained in the right lane of the four-lane road.

At roughly 9 p.m., a third vehicle, a 2006 Ford Taurus driven by Nathaniel Oliver, 24, struck Gilbert’s car.

Boyd said Gilbert sustained no injuries and was wearing a seat belt.

Oliver was also wearing his seat belt and, after complaining of moderate pain, was taken by a private vehicle to Natchez Community Hospital.

Two passengers were in Thomas’ car. Walter Thomas, age unknown, of Natchez was riding in the front seat and sustained moderate injuries though he was wearing his seat belt.

He was taken to Natchez Community Hospital.

Kendrick Thomas, 15, of Natchez, was riding in the left rear seat and was uninjured.

Jerry Thomas was arrested under suspicion of DUI and was transported to Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Boyd said.

Sheriff Ronny Brown said he was charged with DUI and no insurance.

No bond has been set.