Drunk driver involved in deadly 2019 crash arrested, charged with murder

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HELENA, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE (5/28): The Helena Police Department has arrested the man involved in a car crash that killed one person and injured another in December 2019.

Chad Wayne Hughes was taken into custody Wednesday after an investigation by law enforcement. It was found that Hughes had been traveling over 100 mph in the wrong lane at the time of the crash.

According to HPD, Hughes had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit. He also tested positive for THC and prescription medication at the time of the crash. He was also found in possession of marijuana when he was arrested.

The crash resulted in the death of 32-year-old Brian S. Boots of Vestavia Hills.

Hughes has been charged with murder, driving under the influence, reckless driving and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana.

ORIGINAL (12/31): According to the Helena Police Department, a driver is dead and another driver is badly injured after a late-night traffic accident in the Helena area Monday night.

The incident took place around 9:30 p.m. December 30 when the Helena Police Department responded at Alabama 261 between County 105 and Starkey Street.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the driver deceased and the other driver badly injured. Shelby County Traffic Homicide Task Force took over the scene for investigation.

The driver killed in the crash was identified as 32-year-old Brian S. Boots of Vestavia Hills.

The other driver was taken to UAB Hospital for treatment; he is still under medical care.


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