A New Hope teenager is indicted for three counts of aggravated DUI as the driver of a horrific accident that almost took the lives of three of his friends.
Tyler Coleman, who turned 19 Aug. 10, was arraigned this week in Lowndes County Circuit Court after being served with the three indictments.
He is free on bond.
The indictments accuse him of exceeding the legal blood alcohol limit of .08 when he lost control of the Toyota he was driving east in Lowndes County on Highway 82 back from Starkville after a MSU football tailgate party on Oct. 8, 2016. The car flipped several times, ejecting Coleman and the three passengers — Kyle Cruthirds and Darius Hendricks, both of whom were 17 at the time, and Maddie Burns, who was 15 at the time.
All three continue to recover from their injuries and some may have lasting effects.
If convicted, he faces from five to 25 years on each count, possible fines of up to $10,000 and even the use of ignition interlock devices in the future. The law also requires the person to serve 85 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole.