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Police: Drunk driver started as designated driver

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Posted: Mar 31, 2014 10:49 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Mar 31, 2014 10:49 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: drunk driver, DWI, deadly crash, fatal crash, dedrick matthews

BATON ROUGE - Arrest records showed a man accused of driving drunk and killing two people in a wreck on the Mississippi River Bridge this weekend told police he was supposed to be a designated driver.

Baton Rouge Police also said in an affidavit that Dedrick Matthews, 38, kept falling asleep during interviews with detectives and attempts to get a breath sample after the crash.

Matthews faces vehicular homicide and DWI charges after the wreck early Sunday morning. Police said he rear-ended another vehicle while driving west on the I-10 bridge, killing 26-year-old Johnny Galmon and 19-year-old Kandace Cox. Two other people in the vehicle with Cox and Galmon were hurt, as well as one person in Matthews' vehicle.

Investigators said Matthews told them he had been out drinking at a casino and a club with a friend, and that they were headed to another club in Port Allen when the wreck happened. Police said Matthews told them he was supposed to be the designated driver that night but had several drinks anyway, and had gotten behind the wheel because he was the least intoxicated out of the group.

According to the affidavit, Matthews told officers he was distracted talking to his passengers when the wreck happened.

Investigators took a blood sample from Matthews after they said he couldn't complete the breath test. Police said Matthews had been arrested for driving while intoxicated twice before, once in 2007 by LSU Police and once in 2010 in Jefferson Parish.

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