Twin brothers charged with DWI after hitting deputies at scene of crash that killed teen

Monday, April 22, 2019
Twin charged with DWI in crash that injured 2 deputies
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Authorities say James and Joseph Bramlet were reportedly driving drunk at the time of the crash.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Two deputies were injured after a possible drunk driving crash Sunday morning.

A 19-year-old woman died after her vehicle was struck by a Harris County Toll Road Authority vehicle. Her car was stopped or moving slowly on Beltway 8 at Galveston Road when it was hit.

Deputies said there was also a baby in the backseat. The driver, who police described as a 21-year-old man, and baby were transported to Bayshore Hospital in Pasadena for evaluation.

While deputies were blocking traffic at the scene, they were hit in a second crash.

Two vehicles, a pickup driven by 37-year-old James Bramlet, and a passenger car driven by his twin brother Joseph Bramlet, caused a crash that led the pickup truck to slam into a K-9 patrol vehicle.

Deputies said both brothers were intoxicated and were both charged with DWI. James was also charged for unlawfully carrying a weapon.

One deputy suffered head and neck pain as a result of the crash and the second suffered an ankle injury. A K-9 officer was also in the vehicle, but wasn't injured.

Both deputies were treated at Southeast Memorial Hospital and have since been released. The K-9 was evaluated at a local vet hospital and he too has been released.

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