Authorities in Mississippi say a woman who had recently been released from police custody following her fourth arrest for allegedly driving under the influence caused a Thanksgiving Day crash that left three dead, including her.
According to WLOX,, five vehicles were involved in the head-on collision along Interstate 59 in Pearl River on Thursday.
State investigators believe North Carolina resident 48-year-old Shelley E. Rose was traveling in the wrong lane when she caused the initial crash with a vehicle being driven by Jada Bright, a 23-year-old from Picayune.
Rose’s minivan then hit another vehicle being driven by Alabama native Evans Vincent.
All three motorists died as a result of the crash.
Two other vehicles — a 2011 Honda CRV and a 2007 Toyota Tundra — were also involved in the crash. Both drivers, along with two passengers riding in the Honda, were transported to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
According to Lauderdale County records, Rose had been arrested Tuesday on suspicion of her fourth DUI. She was released the same day after posting bond.
One day after that felony arrest, she was arrested in Jones County on suspicion of a misdemeanor public drunkenness count and was released the same day. Ellisville Police Lt. Scott Wuertz explained that authorities had no choice in the matter.
“On a misdemeanor crime, it’s not like a felony where we can hold them,” he said, noting that authorities are “only allowed to hold them on public drunk six hours before allowing them to post bond.”
As of the latest reports available, a toxicology report had not determined whether Rose was impaired at the time of the fatal collision.
[Featured image: Shelley Rose, Jones County Sheriff’s Department]