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5 Die on Mississippi Highways Over New Year’s Holiday

By Alyssa Schnugg
News Editor

At least five people died on the state’s roads during the New Year’s holiday, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Capt. Johnny Poulos said in a news release Wednesday that 27 other people were hurt in wrecks from 12:01 a.m. Monday until midnight Tuesday.

Poulos said troopers investigated 92 crashes, issued 2,466 citations and made 48 DUI arrests.

Fatal wrecks were reported in Rankin, Jackson, Leflore, Pike and Holmes counties. Two of the five people who died in those wrecks were wearing seat belts.

In the Oxford, Lafayette and University communities, officers and deputies made a total of 11 arrests for DUI. The Oxford Police Department reported nine DUI arrests from Dec. 28-Jan. 1. The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and the University of Mississippi Police Department each made one DUI arrest during the same time period.

There were no fatal wrecks reported on local roadways in Lafayette County, or in the MHP Troop E area, that includes Lafayette County highways.

Troop E troopers issued 412 citations, made six arrests for DUI and investigated eight wrecks.

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