Police: Driver in fatal crash tested positive for drugs, arrested

Photo Source: Smith County
Photo Source: Smith County

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Released by the Tyler Police Department:

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler Police Department has secured an Arrest Warrant for Jerdene Boyd, 50, of Tyler, for the offense of Intoxication Manslaughter (2nd Degree Felony). Bond was set at $250,000 by Honorable Judge Jack Skeen.

Investigators received lab results back from East Texas Medical Center Hospital that indicated Jerdene Boyd tested positive for the presence of Cocaine, Canniboids and Opiates in her system.

Before the crash occurred a Tyler Patrol Officer was conducting radar enforcement on Highway 69 South and checked Boyd's speed at 71 mph on radar. Boyd was observed driving in a reckless manner through heavy traffic and wet road conditions prior to the crash at the intersection of S. Broadway and Heritage. The officer was unable to catch up to Boyd to conduct a traffic stop due to speed, distance, traffic and weather conditions.

Investigators tested the vehicle driven by Boyd, a 2000 Nissan Sentra, for any mechanical malfunctions in the brake system. The inspector found no indication of any brake failure.

Investigators also determined that Boyd has never been issued a Texas Drivers License and had No Insurance.

Boyd was arrested today September 7, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. Boyd was transported to Smith County Jail and processed.