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Blood-alcohol level of driver in fatal crash nearly 4 times legal limit

Investigators say the man arrested after a deadly crash Sunday had a blood-alcohol level of nearly four times the legal limit.

Posted: Oct 13, 2017 1:14 PM
Updated: Oct 13, 2017 1:14 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Investigators say an Oregon man arrested after a crash Sunday that killed a woman and four children had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit.

The Statesman Journal reported that a judge deemed Favian Garcia "a danger to the public if released" and ordered him held without bail.

Authorities say Lisette Medrano-Perez was driving to Salem with her three children and 2-year-old niece when the crash happened. All five family members died at the scene.

READ MORE: Family of 5 killed in crash, man arrested for drunk driving 

According to a probable cause statement, Garcia's blood-alcohol content after the crash was 0.318.

Documents say troopers at the hospital where Garcia was taken for minor injuries said Garcia smelled of alcohol, had glassy eyes and that he slurred his words.

It wasn't immediately clear if Garcia has an attorney.

Related stories: Troopers identify children killed in Marion County crash 

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