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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.


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.


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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