BAY ST. LOUIS -- A 26-year-old man faces a DUI death charge from an accident that ejected and killed a passenger after his car crashed into the staircase of a home.
Police Chief Mike DeNardo said the charge alleges Timothy James Tucker was driving impaired Aug. 12 in a crash on Avenue B that claimed the life of 23-year-old Jasmyne Joy Eimers.
Eimers was one of two passengers in the car. She had moved to Bay St. Louis from Mountain Home, Ark., Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said.
Police arrested Tucker, 26, of Bay St. Louis, on Monday.
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A court-ordered blood test analyzed by the Mississippi Forensics Laboratory showed Tucker's blood-alcohol content level was "well above" the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent, DeNardo said Thursday.
The penalty for DUI resulting in death is five to 25 years in prison.
DeNardo initially had reported the car was eastbound on Avenue B near 10th Street when it ran off the left side of the road. The car struck and broke a utility pole, flinging the pole into woods, and hit a ditch.
The car then apparently flipped over a vehicle parked in front of a home, crashed into its second-story porch staircase and came to rest upside down about 20 yards away.
Tucker and the other passenger reportedly had minor injuries.
Tucker is held at the Hancock County jail.
Municipal Court Judge Steven Maggio set bond on the felony at $25,000. Tucker also faces a misdemeanor DUI charge with a $1,500 bond.
Tucker has no bond on a probation warrant from the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Details on his felony conviction were immediately available.
SunHerald.com is working on an updated report.