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Grand jury to hear charges in fatal DUI case

Darrell Blappert Jr. (Photo source: Harrison Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Darrell Blappert Jr. (Photo source: Harrison Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
De Anna Tucker De Anna Tucker
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A grand jury will hear the case of a suspected drunk driver accused of killing the Gulfport police chief's daughter as she left a bridal shop, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Darrell Blappert Jr. is charged with Felony DUI Causing Death for allegedly crashing his car into a parked car, pushing that vehicle into 29-year-old De Anna Tucker.

At a probable cause hearing Wednesday, a police detective testified that a blood test showed Blappert's blood alcohol level the day of the accident was .14. The legal limit is .08.

De Anna Tucker's family was in the courtroom Wednesday. Her mother wiped away tears during the proceedings. Police Chief Alan Weatherford said this Saturday was supposed to be his daughter's wedding day.

"It's very tough. As any family who has been through this would know, it's hard to comprehend if you have not lost a child. And we were very close to De Anna. And, of course, it's tough," Weatherford said.

Blappert is being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on a $1 million bond, which the judge refused to lower.

The judge said because Blappert had been drinking, then, according to witness accounts, was driving in excess of 80 miles per hour on Pass Road, he showed blatant disregard for the community's safety.

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