Charleston judge revokes bail for truck driver in fatal wreck on Interstate 526
A Charleston judge revoked bail this morning for the truck driver accused of drunken driving in Georgia - just months after he was charged for the wreck that killed a Charleston medical student.
Arnold Williams, 35, of Salters was charged with reckless homicide after the Jan. 28 crash on Interstate 526 that killed Lauren Baccari, 27, a student at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Williams was arrested again April 6 in Conyers, Ga., after witnesses said his truck was weaving through traffic on Interstate 20, according to a Georgia state police report. A test showed his blood-alcohol level to be 0.22 percent, according to the report, more than five times the 0.04 percent limit for truck drivers.
Circuit Judge Roger Young revoked his bail during a hearing Friday morning in downtown Charleston. Williams was not present during the hearing. He remains detained at the Rockdale County jail in Georgia.
When he is released from that jail, Williams will be brought to the Charleston County jail and held until his trial, according to prosecutors.
When Williams was arrested on I-526 in January, a witness told North Charleston police officers that Williams took beer cans from his truck and threw them over the guardrail after the wreck. Police initially charged him with felony DUI but later changed the count to reckless homicide. Williams was later released from the Charleston County jail on $100,000 bail.
Williams was hauling 26 tons of stone when he was arrested in Georgia. The arresting officer reported a fruity alcohol smell on Williams’ breath and said he found an empty can of Mike’s Hard Lemonade in a storage compartment over a visor.
While Williams was being taken to the Rockdale County jail, he asked how long he might stay in jail because he was due in court at the end of the month on a reckless homicide charge, according to the report.
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