Suspected drunk driver arrested for fatal N. Fwy wreck

Christopher A. Trumpower, 25, is charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault.

June 28, 2011 8:56:03 AM PDT
A suspected drunk driver has been arrested for a traffic accident that killed his passenger over the weekend.

The suspect, Christopher A. Trumpower, 25, is charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter and one count of intoxication assault in the 338th State District Court.

Police say Trumpower was driving a black Jaguar X-Type northbound on the North Freeway and approaching Patton about 3:30am on June 25. All northbound traffic was stopped due to two separate traffic accidents being investigated on the North Freeway at Cavalcade. Trumpower attempted to drive between two vehicles, a silver Lincoln MKX and a green Toyota Camry. The impact of striking the vehicles killed his front passenger. The identity of the 24-year-old male victim is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

Trumpower was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital for treatment and a mandatory blood test. Investigators detected alcohol at the crash scene.

A 26-year-old female backseat passenger in the Lincoln was taken to an area hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Trumpower is being held on $60,000 bond.


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