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Driver with history of DUIs charged in death of passenger

By Kathy Jefcoats

kjefcoats@news-daily.com

JONESBORO — A Fayetteville man with a history of DUIs has been charged with the vehicular death of his passenger in a Sept. 19 crash.

Daryl Charles Gilbert, 50, is being held in the Clayton County Jail on charges of vehicular homicide in the first degree, driving under the influence, driving too fast for conditions, improper lane change and driving on a bad tire.

He made his first appearance in Clayton County Magistrate Court Sept. 20 where bond was set on the most serious charge at $50,000.

Warrants issued in the case allege that Gilbert was driving a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck about 4 p.m., heading east on Woolsey Road. Gilbert reportedly tried to turn right onto Hall Road and lost control of the truck. The truck hit a ditch and flipped.

Clayton County police Sgt. K.T. Hughes said passenger Patrick Tatum, 49, died after being partially ejected. Hughes said the truck landed on top of Tatum.

At the scene, police said Gilbert’s eyes were red and glassy and he smelled of alcohol. Police said Gilbert refused to complete all field sobriety tests and refused to provide a breath or blood sample for alcohol testing.

Gilbert was also unsteady on his feet, said police. His left rear tire had no tread in the center, police said.

The warrants allege Gilbert has had at least seven previous DUI convictions in South Carolina and Georgia and he was prohibited from operating a motor vehicle.