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Gulfport man accused of DUI in crash that injured deputies is arrested on a felony

Tommie Ray McFarland
Tommie Ray McFarland

A man accused of driving impaired in a crash that injured two Harrison County deputies now faces a felony charge.

Gulfport police had arrested Tommie Ray McFarland, 57, of Gulfport, after a May 5 crash at U.S. 49 and O'Neal Road. His initial charge was DUI second offense, though police at the time said the charge could be upgraded.

Police arrested McFarland at his home on Wednesday on two counts of aggravated DUI, Sgt. Clayton Fulks said.

A Harrison County deputy was driving a patrol car south on U.S. 49 on Saturday night, police said, and a reserve deputy was in the car.

McFarland's Chevrolet Silverado was northbound on 49 and tried to turn left onto O'Neal, hitting the patrol car, police said.

All three were injured.

McFarland was convicted of DUI in Nevada in 2012, police said.

Justice Court Judge Melvin Ray set bonds at a total of $200,000. McFarland was booked at the Harrison County jail Wednesday night.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews
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