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One dead, another arrested in Weatherford crash

One man is dead and another faces charges of intoxication manslaughter after the car they were in wrecked Thursday on U.S. 80 on the west side of Weatherford, police said.

The man who died, Luis Martinez Jr., 20, of Weatherford was identified by the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

Jacob Dearman, 22, also of Weatherford, was arrested on charges of intoxication manslaughter and possibly another charge of intoxication assault, said Det. Wendy Field, spokeswoman for Weatherford police.

Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck in the 1900 block of U.S. 180, also called the Fort Worth Highway, Field said in a news release.

Officers, who were called at 7:17 p.m. to the scene, found a red Chevrolet Lumina in a ditch. They subsequently learned the car had been westbound on the highway when it went out of control, struck a concrete culvert and landed in the ditch, Field said.

An unidentified passenger in the car was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital with "possible serious injuries," Field said. A fourth person, she added, was not hurt and was released at the scene.

Officers talked to Dearman, determined that he drove the car, and arrested him on suspicion of driving drunk, Field said.

Dearman was first taken to Weatherford Regional Medical Center to be evaluated for possible injuries and to conduct a mandatory blood draw, Field said.

"Once he was evaluated by medical personnel and the mandatory blood draw was complete, Dearman was released from the hospital," Field said. "Preliminary results of Dearman’s blood showed him to be above the legal limit for intoxication."

Dearman was arrested for intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle, but he might also face anther charge of intoxication assault with a vehicle, Field said.

He was being held Friday at the Parker County with bond set at $50,000, Field said.

“Tragically, this seems to be the common result of young people mixing alcohol with driving,” said Interim Chief Greg Lance. “With graduation and prom night in the near future, we hope that young people will make better choices and leave alcohol out of their plans.”

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