Bond revoked for trucker involved in fatal I-526 wreck

Published: Apr. 23, 2013 at 6:53 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM EDT
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Mugshot of Arnold Williams after fatal I-526 wreck (Source: CCDC)
Mugshot of Arnold Williams after fatal I-526 wreck (Source: CCDC)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond has been revoked for a truck driver who was charged with DUI in Georgia in April, months after police say he was seen throwing alcoholic beverages over the side of I-526 after causing a wreck that killed a woman.

According to Charleston County court records, a judge revoked bond for 35-year-old Arnold Williams, of Latta, during a hearing on Friday morning.

A Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report states Williams was charged with DUI after performing a traffic stop along I-20 in Conyers, Georgia, on April 6.  According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, motorists reported Williams was swerving in and out of his lane.

During a subsequent breathalyzer test, troopers said Williams blew a .222.  An empty can of Mike's Hard Lemonade was also recovered from his truck.

Last Jan. 29, Williams was charged with reckless homicide after causing a six-car pile-up on I-526 that took the life of 27-year-old Lauren Baccari.

According to a police report, Williams was spotted by a witness taking a pack of alcoholic beverages out of his cab and throwing them over the side of I-526 immediately following the accident.

Williams was initially charged with felony DUI with death, but the charge was dismissed and changed to reckless homicide, the report states.

Williams was released from the Charleston County Detention Center after he was granted a $100,000 bond, court records state.  The suspect is currently in jail in Georgia, but will be returned to the Charleston County Detention Center upon his release.

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