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29-year-old arrested after fatal drunken driving wreck, police say

A 29-year-old man was arrested in Denton following a wreck in which one person died early Thursday.
A 29-year-old man was arrested in Denton following a wreck in which one person died early Thursday.

A 29-year-old man was arrested in Denton after a wreck that resulted in another person’s death early Thursday.

Police say that Austin Shadle was intoxicated and they arrested him on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter.

At around 1:15 a.m., police received reports of a crash in the 3300 block of Fort Worth Drive.

The drivers of both vehicles were injured and taken to the hospital by ambulance, police said.

Gene Housley, 54, was identified as the man who was killed in the crash, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner. Housley was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police determined that Shadle, the driver of a Nissan Titan, was heading southbound on Fort Worth Drive and left the west side of the roadway, going into a grass ditch. He attempted to correct his path but lost control and slid sideways through the ditch, police said.

The truck slid back into the roadway and crossed into the northbound lane of traffic where it hit the driver’s side of the Mazda 3 that Housley was driving.

Be prepared when you hit the road. Here are some quick tips on what to do if you are in a car accident. (Nicole L. Cvetnic / McClatchy)



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Nichole Manna reports on crime, breaking news and other mayhem across North Texas. Before moving to Fort Worth in July 2018, she covered crime and breaking news in Tennessee, North Carolina, Nebraska and Kansas. She is a 2012 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and grew up in Florida.


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