DWI repeat offender charged with murder held on $100,000 bond

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A DWI repeat offender facing a felony murder charge appeared in court Tuesday in a wheelchair and bandages.

Ryan McLaughlin, 31, was identified as the driver who hit and killed another vehicle overnight Saturday, killing Alexis Almanza.

McLaughlin has two DWI convictions on his record. One conviction is from Oregon and another from Montgomery County.

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Repeat DWI offender in court

According to police, McLaughlin ran a red light when he drove through the intersection of the Eastex Freeway soutbound feeder of Aldine Mail Route.

Original Report: Blood tests show man charged in fatal crash was four times legal limit

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A man with two previous convictions for driving under the influence is facing intoxication manslaughter charges for a fatal crash on the Eastex Freeway overnight.

Almanza was in the Trailblazer that was hit.

McLaughlin showed signs of extreme impairment and blood tests showed the man was almost four times the legal limit, police said.

Prosecutors say that McLaughlin could face more charges, depending on the condition of the second person in the Trailblazer.
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