Crime

Man sentenced on felony DUI charge was passed out at stop sign

DeJaynes
DeJaynes

JACKSON COUNTY -- A Jackson County man doesn't remember the last time he was stopped for driving drunk because he passed out behind the wheel of his blue Chevy pickup.

Gary Leroy DeJaynes, 45, told a judge he had been drinking for four or five hours before he left a bar and apparently passed out at a stop sign near the intersection of U.S. 90 and Mississippi 57.

"I really don't remember," he told Circuit Judge Kathy King Jackson on Thursday when he pleaded guilty to a charge of felony DUI. The third-offense DUI was a felony because DeJaynes had been convicted of two other misdemeanor DUI offenses within a five-year period.

When a Jackson County deputy spotted DeJaynes, he was slumped over behind the wheel of his pickup truck.

When the judge asked DeJaynes more about the incident, he said he didn't remember.

The judge sentenced DeJaynes to five years in prison, with one year to serve under house arrest and four years under post-release supervision. She also suspended his driver's license for five years and gave him a stiff warning.

"You cannot drive a car even if you are sober," Jackson said. "This is a felony. If you drive a car, you are going to the penitentiary."

In addition, the judge ordered DeJaynes to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings three times a week.

DeJaynes was first convicted of misdemeanor DUI on Oct. 29, 2012. The Oct. 2, 2012, offense occurred in Gautier.

On Feb. 12, 2015, DeJaynes was convicted of another misdemeanor DUI, this one occurring on Sept. 24, 2014, in Jackson County.

Eight days after the second conviction, DeJaynes was in custody in Jackson County on the felony DUI charge.

The judge told DeJaynes he's going straight to the penitentiary if he fails to meet any of his sentencing requirements, which includes orders to pay court costs in the case and a $1,000 fine.

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