Police say a woman charged with intoxication manslaughter had told authorities she had three alcoholic drinks and had also smoked marijuana prior to the fatal crash.
According to WFAA, Denise Chantel Alford, 35, was arrested Monday night following a fatal crash that resulted in the death of Garry McGee, 35.
McGee, a tow truck driver, was hooking a car to his truck on the High Five overpass around 9:45 pm when Alford crashed into the car being towed. McGee was knocked off the bridge, falling nearly 12 stories to the ground below.
Alford told police she was trying to avoid a pickup that had cut her off when she veered into the vehicle McGee was setting up to be towed.
An affidavit states Alford admitted to taking several prescription medications at 9:00 pm, smoking marijuana around 4:30 pm, and drinking three alcoholic beverages around 3 pm. The affidavit also states Alford incorrectly stated letters of the alphabet and numbers during a field sobriety test, and that she “displayed an abnormal side to side sway” and “could not keep balance.”
Alford took a breathalyzer test which showed a BAC of .076, just below the Texas legal limit of .08; however, with the field sobriety test being considered, the officer determined Alford “was intoxicated and did not have the normal use of her mental and physical faculties while operating a motor vehicle.”
The accident remains under investigation, and results from a blood draw taken from Alford are pending.
The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
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