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Update: Bay official released without bond after wreck, DUI arrest

BAY ST. LOUIS -- A city official was arrested on a DUI charge late Friday following a multi-vehicle wreck that left two people injured, officials said.

Hancock County sheriff's deputies arrested City Building Official Charles Oliver, 64, on a charge of DUI, sheriff's Chief Deputy Don Bass said.

The accident occurred about 10 p.m. on U.S. 90 near Washington Street and involved at least four vehicles, Bay St. Louis Police Chief Mike De Nardo said.

De Nardo said two people involved in the accident suffered what appeared to be minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Because of Oliver's employment with the city, the police chief asked the Sheriff's Office to conduct the on-scene DUI investigation to avoid any conflicts of interest.

Oliver was taken to Hancock Medical Center for a blood toxicology test. Deputies then transported him to the Hancock County jail where he was booked and quickly released without having to pay a bond.

Sheriff Ricky Adam said he authorized Oliver's release because Oliver had complained of chest pains while at the hospital and is known locally.

"He's not going anywhere," Adam said. "Plus, we didn't want to be liable for any of his medical problems."

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