Hattiesburg man arrested on DUI and gun charges

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Bond has been set for a 34-year-old Hattiesburg man who spent the night in the Columbia jail.

Following his arrest Sunday on charges of driving under the influence of other substances and possession of a firearm by a felon.

William Vaston Fairley was arrested Sunday night around 7:30 p.m. by Marion County deputies near the intersection of highway 98 and 198.

Sheriff Berkley Hall said Fairley was driving erratically at speeds up to 95 miles and hour.

Hall said Fairley failed a field sobriety test.

This is not Fairley's first brush with the law. In 2006 he and his brother Ken Fairley Jr. were indicted by the federal government in a mortgage-flipping scam.

Vaston Fairley pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and was sentenced to 14 months in prison with seven months to serve in a halfway house and five years federal probation.

Officials said it is up to the ATF to determine whether to follow up on the gun charge.

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