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Drunken Driver Facing Charges in Fatal Houston Crash

Posted on Feb 17, 2009

A man is facing a charge of intoxication manslaughter, following an accident in northwest Harris County that occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 15, 2009.  According to authorities a passenger was killed in his car.

It appears as though the driver lost control of his vehicle just after 3:00 AM after his car hit a curb along the 19400 block of westbound West Little York, near West Montgomery.  His car then swerved across the road and hit a tree, said Harris County Sheriff’s deputies.

Christopher Green was the passenger in the vehicle, who was identified by authorities.  He died as a result of the crash.

An odor of alcohol was detected by deputies from the driver of the vehicle.  He was transported to an area hospital for testing and had a blood-alcohol content level of .20 percent, said authorities.  His blood-alcohol content level was more than twice the state’s legal limit, which is .08 percent.

Deputies said that the driver could have been racing with another car just before the accident, which is still under investigation.

In Texas, police officers can stop and cite drivers for impaired driving due to alcohol or other drugs regardless of BAC. Texas also has a zero tolerance law.  It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to drive with any detectable amount of alcohol. 

It has been estimated that someone dies in a Texas alcohol-related accident every five hours.

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