Grand jury indicts man for intoxication manslaughter in fatal September crash

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An Avery, Texas, man who was allegedly leaving a Texarkana, Ark., methadone clinic when he struck another driver from behind on a Bowie County highway was indicted Thursday for intoxication manslaughter.

Adrian Severn Blood, 24, was allegedly traveling at 129 miles per hour in a 2017 Chevy Impala when he struck a 2013 Chevy Impala from behind on U.S. 82 about three miles east of DeKalb, Texas, according to a probable cause affidavit. Blood was allegedly under the influence of a prescription tranquilizer, Xanax, used to treat anxiety, at the time of the crash.

The 2013 Impala flipped before coming to rest in a ditch. The 35-year-old woman driving the 2013 Impala was pronounced dead at the scene. Blood’s 2017 Impala reportedly flipped as well before coming to a stop upside down.

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“It was determined that Blood was coming from the methadone treatment center in Texarkana, Ark., and had in his possession a methadone bottle with his name on the label containing a single Xanax tablet,” the affidavit states. “Family stated that he is known to take Xanax, however he stated that he only takes methadone.”

Texas Department of Public Safety investigators acquired a warrant for Blood’s blood and medical records. A urinalysis at the hospital where Blood was taken following the collision allegedly tested positively for benzodiazepenes, the class of drugs which includes Xanax.

Blood is currently free on a $75,000 bond, according to Bowie County court records. If found guilty of intoxication manslaughter he faces two to 20 years in prison.

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