Bay St. Louis man charged with aggravated DUI in traffic fatality

A Bay St. Louis man is behind bars, charged with DUI causing death as a result of a Monday night crash.

Waveland Police Chief Mike Prendergast said 46-year-old James Clyde Holmes Jr. was taken to Hancock County jail. In addition to the DUI causing death, Holmes also was charged with DUI first offense, driving with a suspended license and no proof of insurance. His bond was set at $25,500.

Officers were sent to the 700 block of Highway 90 about 11:30 p.m. Monday about a wreck with injuries. They found two trucks were involved.

A man with serious injuries was found in a parking lot near the scene. It was determined he was in the bed of a red GMC truck when a Chevrolet truck rear-ended it, causing the man to be thrown from the back of the first truck. He was taken to the hospital.

When officers approached Holmes to speak to him, they said there was a strong odor of alcohol. He also could not tell officers what happened.

After speaking with other witnesses and parties involved in the wreck, it was determined that the GMC truck was slowing to turn on to Kiln Waveland Cutoff Road when the Chevrolet rear-ended the GMC.

During interviews, officers were notified the man taken to the hospital, identified by Hancock County Coroner Jeff Hair as 31-year-old Bizmark Perez of Waveland, had died, prompting officers to charge Holmes.

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