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Alleged Drunk Driver Kills Two Wharton County Residents

According to officials, a man was taken to the Wharton County Jail after allegedly causing a fatal car wreck early Sunday morning.

Wharton Police Department says that on or about 1:03 a.m. Sunday morning, July 18th, police were dispatched to the 200 block of N. East Ave. in reference to a major crash.

Responders found a tan, single-cab 2003 Chevy truck had been traveling East near the 500 block of E. Caney when it failed to stop at the stop sign and collided with a black 2003 four-door Acura as it traveled southbound in the 200 block of N. East Avenue.

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The driver of the Chevy truck was found to be injured but alert. He was transported to Wharton Oak Bend ER for treatment.

Wharton County Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Donna Wessels arrived on-scene and pronounced the driver of the Acura, 42-year-old Christopher Whatley of El Campo and passenger, 34-year-old Megan Sandberg of Wharton County, both dead at the scene. They were the only two occupants in the vehicle.

The driver of the Chevy truck, 21-year-old Deleon Perkins from Eagle Lake, was placed into custody for two counts of intoxication manslaughter, after failing an on-scene standardized field sobriety test.

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The Wharton Police Department continues to investigate the crash and asks that if anyone has information or footage of the incident, that they contact Detective Jimenez at 979 532-3131.

Jessica Hartmanhttps://www.thecountygin.com
Jessica Hartman is the publisher of The County Gin and a realistic dreamer with creative expression. She can be reached at jessica@thecountygin.com or (979) 533-0122, but careful — she's a talker.

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