Hancock County

1 day after DUI arrest, man jailed again on DUI in wrong-way crash

Desmond Coogans
Desmond Coogans

Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision Wednesday involving a driver recently released from jail on a DUI charge.

Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Don Bass said the wreck occurred about 3 p.m. when a truck went down the wrong way on U.S. 90 near Lakeshore Drive.

Desmond Coogans, the driver, crossed into oncoming traffic, Bass said.

Coogans, 59, of Carriere, was driving east in a 2000 Toyota Tundra pickup in westbound lanes of U.S. 90 when he crashed into the right-front side of a 1999 Mercury Mountaineer SUV that was traveling the correct direction in the westbound lane, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Chase Elkins said.

The driver of the SUV was taken to Hancock Medican Center by ambulance, Elkins said, and two passengers, one in the front seat and one in the back seat, were flown to Unversity Medical Center in Mobile with serious injuries. A fourth passenger in the Mountaineer was not injured.

Coogans had been arrested on a DUI charge Tuesday and released later that day on an indigent bond, meaning he’d paid nothing. He also had been arrested March 19 on a DUI charge, and released the same day on an indigent bond.

Coogans refused medical treatment and was arrested on a charge of DUI causing serious injury or death, Elkins said.

The front passenger in the Mountaineer was the only person in the SUV wearing a seatbelt, Elkins said.