Chasity Nicole Jones appeared before Fulton County Magistrate judge Jessy Lall at the Fulton County jail Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 and was denied bond for vehicular homicide, assessed $10,000 for DUI and $5,000 for failure to yield to person authorized to direct traffic.
In her first court appearance on charges of causing the DUI accident that killed Atlanta Senior Police Officer Gail Thomas, documents show that 22-year-old Chasity Jones has had six traffic tickets in the past year. Four of them were for speeding, and two were for erratic lane changes.
In one case, Jones was found to be at fault in an accident; twice, she failed to appear in court.
As Jones cried and occasionally looked back at her mother, Officer Thomas’s cousin was there to watch.
"It's been really hard," she said.
Facing charges including first degree vehicular homicide and DUI, Jones will remain behind bars until her preliminary hearing February 9th. Police Jones' blood alcohol level was .16--twice the legal limit.
Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said Officer Thomas was just stepping out of her cruiser when she was struck and killed Tuesday night on the Brookwood Interchange ramp from I-75 southbound to I-85 northbound.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 9 in Fulton County Superior Court.