Crime

Man gets 25 years for DUI crash that injured woman

Kelly Dwayne Hammons
Kelly Dwayne Hammons

GULFPORT -- A judge has sentenced a Long Beach man to a 25-year prison term for driving impaired by drugs when he seriously injured a woman in a head-on collision.

A blood test after the crash in 2014 showed Kelly Dwayne Hammons, 45, had cocaine, methamphetamine, propoxyphene (Darvocet) and carisoprodol (Soma) in his system, District Attorney Joel Smith said Tuesday.

Judge Chris Schmidt sentenced Hammons on Monday in Harrison County Circuit Court. Hammons pleaded guilty to driving under the influence causing bodily injury.

Schmidt suspended seven years of Hammon's 25-year term, leaving 18 years in prison.

The accident occurred Sept. 12, 2014, on Beatline Road in Long Beach.

Police had received a 911 call of an erratic driver whose vehicle was weaving on Railroad Street. While still on the phone, the caller saw the vehicle miss a curve, cross into oncoming traffic and hit another head-on, Smith said.

Police arrived in minutes, he said, and found a woman in the other vehicle had serious neck injuries. She was taken to a hospital.

Hammons also was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn for a toxicology test.

During his guilty plea Monday, he admitted he had taken an assortment of drugs before the crash, Smith said.

Hammons had been convicted on a drug charge in 2003.

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