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Police: Dad Was Driving Drunk When Crash Killed 2 Teens

Police: Dad Was Driving Drunk When Crash Killed 2 Teens
Posted at 4:26 PM, Feb 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-19 11:30:37-05

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Gainesville man faces DUI manslaughter charges after detectives determined his blood alcohol level was more than two times the legal limit when he was involved in a crash that killed his teenage daughter and her friend.

The Gainesville Sun (http://bit.ly/1EXouwg ) reports 40-year-old Jeffrey Lee Ertle was arrested Thursday.

He was critically injured during the Dec. 13 crash that killed 13-year-old Ashley Ertle and her 15-year-old friend Emily Cook. Police say the girls died at the scene and Ertle spend two weeks in the hospital.

Detectives say Ertle was going to a convenience store to buy cigarettes when he veered into the path of a sports utility vehicle. Ashley Ertle lived in Chiefland with her mother and was visiting her father.

Records don't indicate whether Ertle has an attorney.

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Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, http://www.gainesvillesun.com

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