Man accused in fatal DUI crash jailed after skipping court hearing

A Griffin man facing charges in connection with a fatal crash in Henry County was arrested Wednesday after he failed to appear in court for a bond revocation hearing, officials said.

Stephen Chappelear Pope was due in court Tuesday because he was arrested in Coweta County on a DUI charge while he was out on bond on DUI charges, Henry County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Megan Matteucci said.

“A condition of his bond was to not drive and not drink,” she said.

A grand jury indicted Pope on April 13 on charges of homicide and driving under the influence of drugs after he allegedly forced 51-year-old Laura Fisher off the road, killing her.

“The jury charged that Pope's actions, though without malice, caused Fisher's death by driving impaired,” Matteucci said.

When Pope failed to appear, deputies went to his home and arrested him.

Pope is in custody at the Henry County jail and will remain there until a hearing May 23.

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