A driver charged with vehicular homicide last month for allegedly causing a fatal accident in October has been arrested for driving under the influence, according to a Hinesville Police report.
The October wreck killed Bryan Roman, 19. After the investigation and after he was hospitalized Cordarell Ross, 23, was charged with first degree vehicular homicide in December. He has not been charged with DUI for that wreck. Blood was not drawn because of his injuries, authorities have said.
In the most recent incident, Ross was stopped Jan. 15 on Highway 84. According to the report, Patrolman Travis Probst was running radar shortly before 1 a.m. while driving. The radar allegedly clocked a 2000 Lincoln LS going 72 mph in a 45 mph zone. Probst stopped the car at Montclair Drive. The driver, who did not have a license on him, identified himself as Ross. He told Probst he was licensed in Arkansas. While Probst was questioning Ross, the officer allegedly discovered an open bottle of Paul Masson Brandy on the passenger side floor.
Patrolman Lonnie Bowman was called to assist and ran Ross through a field sobriety test. Ross told Bowman he could not perform the test because of injuries he suffered in a wreck in October.
According to the report, Ross appeared unsteady and had glassy eyes. Ross allegedly admitted he had been drinking earlier. The officers arrested Ross for DUI, he reportedly blew 0.345 and 0.326 on an Intoxilyzer test. The legal limit is 0.08. Ross was also charged with speeding and driving with an open container. He posted a bond of $2,054 and was released, according to the report.
The Oct. 19 crash happened at the intersection of Highway 84 and Ralph Quarterman Dr. At the time, Ross was charged with speeding, reckless driving, failure to wear a seatbelt, and no proof of insurance. Ross was driving a Mustang, which belonged to Gavin Christopher Ivy, who later pleaded guilty to having no insurance. Roman, who was attempting to cross 84 from Flowers drive to a nearby service station, was struck on the driver’s side, causing his vehicle to overturn several times. The vehicle landed 180 feet from the point of impact. Roman was pronounced dead at the scene.