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He was drunk when he hit a patrol car and hurt 2 deputies, Gulfport police say

An impaired driver crashed into a Harrison County patrol car, injuring himself and two deputies, police said.

The crash on U.S. 49 at O'Neal Road in Gulfport was reported at 7:19 p.m. Saturday, and Gulfport police arrived to handle the investigation, Police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said Monday.

Tommie Ray McFarland, 57, of Gulfport, was driving a Silverado pickup truck through the intersection and failed to yield the right of way, Fulks said.

The deputies were southbound on U.S. 49 and McFarland was northbound when he tried to turn left on O'Neal and hit the patrol car, Fulks said.

McFarland and the deputies were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

The deputy had numerous broken bones and underwent surgery on Sunday, Sheriff Troy Peterson said. The reserve deputy had cuts on his face and broken teeth, he said.

McFarland is undergoing medical treatment and has not been booked yet at the Harrison County jail, Fulks said.

McFarland has a DUI from 2012 in Nevada. He faces a charge of DUI second offense.

Fulks said it's possible the misdemeanor DUI charge could be upgraded to a felony because of the deputies' injuries.

Fulks said he had no information on whether all three were wearing seat belts.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews
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