Police say drunk driver plowed into wall at historic Mississippi mansion, then fought with officers

Published 8:29 am Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A Brandon man is charged with assaulting a police officer and driving under the influence after driving his vehicle into a brick wall along Canal Street.

Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said officers charged Jason Adams, 45, 1174 Barnett Bend Road, Brandon with DUI-first offense after Adams reportedly drove his vehicle into the brick wall surrounding the gardens of the historic house Rosalie. The crash reportedly happened between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Armstrong said when Adams was being booked at the Natchez Police Department, Adams assaulted one of the officers in the booking office. Armstrong said Adams was then charged with simple assault on a police officer, a felony.

Adams was arraigned in municipal court Tuesday afternoon, where a $50,000 bond was set for the assault charge and a $1,000 bond was set for the DUI charge.

Tuesday morning Rosalie Manager Nancy McCall said she was working with construction crews and the insurance company to repair the wall. The wreck took out an approximately 15-foot portion of the wall. McCall said the collision created an additional 8-foot horizontal crack in the wall and damaged one of the garden’s iron benches.

McCall said crews would soon begin looking at what brick is salvageable from the wreck and then start rebuilding the wall.

Rosalie is owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution.