STONE COUNTY -- A Perkinston man has been arrested on a felony charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in a holiday crash that killed his mother.
The Stone County Sheriff's Office arrested Brandon Thomas Beech, 22, at his Perkinston home Friday. He was held at the county jail, where his bond was set Monday at $150,000.
Mylinda Beech, 44, of Gulfport, died over the Fourth of July weekend in a one-vehicle crash on Old Highway 49 in McHenry.
Investigators believe her son was speeding about 7:30 p.m. July 5 when the 1997 Volkswagen Jetta he was driving ran off the road at a sharp curve. The car struck a tree on the passenger side of the vehicle.
The crash occurred near Riceville Road.
Sheriff's Lt. Lewis Husband said the mother and son had been to a social gathering with friends and family.
Brandon Beech had a blood-content alcohol level of 0.269, more than twice the state's legal limit, Husband said. State law says 0.08 or higher is too impaired to drive.
Toxicology tests also show he had cocaine and marijuana in his system, Husband said.
Authorities have said the mother was wearing a seat belt but her son was not. Brandon Beech was taken to a hospital for treatment.
The crash was one of two fatal accidents in South Mississippi over the holiday weekend.
Patrick Ochs, Sun Herald staff writer, contributed to this report.