BY THE PACKET
The Packet has confirmed that Ward 4 Councilman Marty Turner has almost paid off more than $1,400 in outstanding fines to the City of Hattiesburg stemming from a 2010 DUI arrest.
A spokesperson for Forrest County Justice Court said Turner is not completely out of the woods.
“Someone paid most of the money but (Turner) still owes $20,” said the spokesperson.
The spokesperson would not state if the unpaid fine means a warrant for Turner’s arrest still exists.
As The Packet reported July 3, Turner owed fines from his Dec. 19, 2010, DUI arrest, his second DUI in less than five years. The first one occurred in Jones County between 2005 and 2010.
Turner was charged with second offense DUI during a routine traffic checkpoint stop by the Hattiesburg Police.
Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen said warrants were usually not transferred but had there been a warrant for Turner’s arrest in Columbus, the warrant would have been served.
Although first and second DUIs within five years are misdemeanor crimes, according to Mississippi Code of 1972 63-11-30, a third DUI within a five-year period is considered a felony offense.0