Originally created 02/28/03

Savannah councilman charged with DUI in fatal wreck



SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A Savannah city councilman was charged Thursday with driving under the influence in connection with a crash that killed a 45-year-old Savannah woman.

But police did not find David Jones at fault in the accident.

Investigators determined that the car driven by Ola Mae Brown crossed the center line of a two-lane road Jan. 20 and struck Jones' pickup head-on.

Brown was not wearing a seat belt. Jones, 70, was wearing a seat belt and was only slightly injured.

Blood toxicology tests performed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Atlanta showed that Brown's blood alcohol content was .222.

Jones' blood alcohol level was .124. The state's limit is .08.

Jones, a retired Savannah police officer, told reporters that he had been drinking alcohol while playing cards at a local civic club before the wreck, but not enough to impair his driving.

Jones has served 12 years on the Savannah City Council. His current term expires in November.