Officer Was Speeding At Time Of Wreck With Ocean Springs Teen

Investigators have concluded an Ocean Springs police officer was speeding when his patrol car collided with the car driven by Jade Baker.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd told WLOX News, Officer James Knowles was traveling "at an unlawful, excessive rate of speed" when he collided with Baker's car on Pabst Road last week. The speed limit there is 30 miles per hour.

Baker, who's 18, had just pulled out of the Magnolia Bayou subdivision where she lives when the accident occurred. Investigators also determined Jade Baker failed to yield the right of way. She remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Ocean Springs Hospital.

Officer Knowles was on duty but not responding to a call and did not have on his lights or sirens at the time of the accident. Sheriff Byrd says the case will be turned over to District Attorney Keith Miller who will determine if it will be presented to a grand jury.

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