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Wrong-way driver has history of DUI, DUS

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A booking photo of Jessie Samuels from a driving under suspension arrest last month. (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) A booking photo of Jessie Samuels from a driving under suspension arrest last month. (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The man charged with a felony DUI from a weekend fatal accident has a past of driving under the influence.

Jessie Samuels, 51, was driving under suspension Sunday morning on Interstate 20 when he collided with another driver near mile marker 68 around 5:45 a.m. Samuels was traveling eastbound in westbound lanes when he hit Donald Jerome Ford, 41, of Columbia, according to Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins.

Ford was transported to Palmetto Health Richland where he died, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said.

Samuels and a passenger were transported to Palmetto Health Richland. Their conditions are not known.

The collision remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.

WIS' investigative team obtained Samuels' 10-year driving record and discovered that he was convicted Feb. 5, 2013, of DUI after being charged Dec. 22, 2012. He also has six violations for driving under suspension, with two of those occurring since his DUI charge.

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