Air Force service member charged in DUI

Samuel Yearber. Image source: Harrison County Adult Detention Center.
Samuel Yearber. Image source: Harrison County Adult Detention Center.

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - An Air Force service member has been charged with DUI after a two vehicle accident Sunday around 3:30 a.m., according to authorities.

According to the Harrison County Adult Detention Center, 31-year-old Samuel Yearber, is the man charged with DUI first offense.

Biloxi Police Investigator Ray Akins said, the accident happened at the Biloxi/Ocean Springs Bridge east bound lanes just east of the Myrtle Street and Beach Boulevard intersection in Biloxi.

Akins said Yearber was driving a 2006 Audi A4 carrying three passengers. According to Keesler Air Force MSgt Brian Lamar, those passengers, including Yearber, are all Air Force service members.

Yearber reportedly reared ended a 2007 Pontiac G5 driven by Christopher Autmon.

Akins said a passenger in Yearber's vehicle sustained substantial injuries and had to be transported to USA Hospital in Mobile, AL.

This accident is pending an investigation by Biloxi accident reconstructionists and the Biloxi Criminal Investigation Division. Lamar said the 403rd Wing will cooperate with local authorities.

Yearber was booked at the Harrison County Adult Detention and has been released.

No official word yet on whether anyone in Autmon's vehicle was injured, however, WLOX will update this story as more information becomes available.

According Keesler Air Force Base Public Affairs:

The Air Force Reserve has an absolutely zero tolerance for drinking and driving activity and encourages the "wing-man concept", which is designed to empower our personnel to prevent a potential alcohol related incident.

The 403rd has helped safeguard against accidents like this one with DUI safety briefings at various organizational events and commander's meetings.

The 403rd will continue to enhance our personnel's knowledge on the hazards of driving with upcoming training events.

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