Probation revoked for repeat DUI offender

Probation revoked for repeat DUI offender
Darlena Mickel/Photo credit: HPD
Photo credit: WDAM
Photo credit: WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg woman convicted in a 2009 fatal wreck is headed to prison after a judge revoked her probation.

Darlena Mickel, 34, appeared in court Monday for a revocation hearing and her probation was revoked.

Mickel was arrested on July 2 by Hattiesburg Police and jailed for DUI child endangerment and DUI negligence of driver resulting in death or disfigurement after a wreck that injured four people in the Hub City.

With that, and other probation violations brought forward in her revocation hearing, she was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the 2009 wreck that claimed the life of 2-year-old Jason Kelly Jr.

2009 wreck details & conviction

That wreck happened September 2, 2009 around 8 a.m., and police said that Mickel was under the influence at the time of the wreck.

Police said the Chevy Suburban Mickel was driving flipped and struck a utility pole, killing Kelly, who was not in a car seat.

Mickel's bond was set at $500,000 for that charge, and during her initial appearance her attorney told Judge Jolly Matthews, "She has realized the magnitude of the crime."

Mickel was indicted in November 2010 for felony driving under the influence-causing death.

According to the indictment, Mickel had as alcohol concentration of .08%, or more in her. Mickel's blood based upon grams of alcohol per one hundred milliliters of blood or grams of alcohol per (210) liters of breath, as shown by a chemical analysis of breath, blood or urine, and at the time when she was operating a vehicle in a negligent manner and as a direct result caused the death of Jason Kelly Jr., 2.

Mickel was convicted in March 2011, and sentenced to 20 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. It was also ordered that she was to complete the Therapeutic Community Long-Term Alcohol and Drug Program at the department of corrections.

"Should the defendant (Mickel) fail to successfully complete the program, then this court directs that the defendant (Mickel) shall serve the 20 year sentence at MDOC."

Mickel's conviction order details that when she completed the program she was to then serve 3 years in the custody of the MDOC Intensive Supervision House Arrest Program.

The remainder of Mickel's sentence was suspended with that completion and she was placed on Post-Release Supervision for 5 years, of following those terms and conditions.

According to officials, Mickel was transported to the Mississippi Department of Corrections to be booked.