Man accused of hit and run, 4th offense DUI

DTL Staff
Staff Writer

A 50-year-old Starkville man who already has been arrested four times and convicted three times of driving drunk is charged again, this time after smashing into a car and leaving the scene.

Mark L. Jenkins was arrested early Saturday morning after a Clay County Sheriff’s deputy found him in his car parked southbound on the side of Highway 45 Alternate, according to Sheriff Eddie Scott.

Deputies and West Point police had responded to a call of a hit and run in the Love’s Truck Stop parking lot earlier Saturday morning. One car was damaged and the other car drove off.

The car Jenkins was driving matched the description of the car involved in the accident and was damaged, deputies said.

Deputies charged him with fourth offense DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. He was booked into jail at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday. Deputies think he was trying to get back to Starkville when he pulled over.

"We think he probably was trying to get away," Scott said.

He posted a $5,307.75 bond Monday afternoon.

Jenkins’ arrest and conviction record for DUI dates back to 2004.

He was convicted on Oct. 22, 2004 of DUI in College Park, Ga. Less than a year later on June 7, 2005, he was convicted again in Doraville, Ga., according to Clay County Circuit Court records.

On April 28, 2008, he was arrested in West Point on Old White Road for a third offense. While he was out on $5,000 bond on that charge, which was a felony because it was a third offense, he was arrested again on Aug. 2, 2008, in Oktibbeha County.

On May 1,2009, he pleaded guilty to third offense DUI and was sentenced to one year in prison, given four years on post-release supervision, and fined $2,000.

Both the Clay and Oktibbeha County charges were included in the one third-offense DUI plea, according to court records.