Wrong-way driver in deadly crash had prior DUI arrest

6:28 PM, Nov 15, 2011   |    comments
  • Gene Jones has been charged with DUI in the death of a Det. Shane Wilson
  • Gene Jones was charged in 2005 with DUI. Now he's charged in the death of Det. Shane Wilson
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ATLANTA -- The man accused in a deadly wrong-way accident that left a Doraville Police Detective dead had prior DUI arrests, 11Alive has learned.

39-year-old Gene Jones of Dunwoody was charged Tuesday with 1st Degree vehicular homicide and Driving Under the Influence.

DeKalb records show Jones was charged with DUI and open container in 2005 and cruelty to children in 2005 in a separate offense. Jones pleaded guilty to the 2005 offense.

Monday's accident happened on Interstate 20 westbound near Wesley Chapel Road in DeKalb County at about 2:30 a.m. The detective, Robert Shane Wilson, 27, was killed in the wreck.

Police said Wilson was headed westbound in an unmarked police SUV, when, they said, a Jeep headed eastward in the westbound lanes struck Wilson's car head-on.

Wilson started his career as a dispatcher in Doraville at age 19. He became a patrol officer, and was promoted to detective in September, said Chief John King. Wilson was en route from his home in Covington to investigate a home invasion case when the collision occurred.

Visitation for Detective Wilson is set for Tuesday and Wednesday at Scott Ward Funeral Home in Conyers. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Conyers. Wilson leaves a wife and a six-year-old son. Police say Wilson's mother and stepfather have had careers in law enforcement in DeKalb County.

Funeral procession details will be released once they are finalized.

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