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DPS: Ex-ACU student who was driver in 5-fatality wreck tested drunk

Published On: Sep 05 2013 08:44:39 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 05 2013 11:53:06 AM CDT
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) -

Authorities say the driver was drunk when a car crashed last month in the Texas Panhandle, killing five cast and crew members of the musical drama "Texas."

Senior Trooper Chris Ray of the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday that the toxicology report on Clinton Scott Diaz showed that he had a blood-alcohol level of .165 percent. The maximum blood-alcohol level allowed drivers by law is .08 percent.

Diaz is a former Abilene Christian University who was attending West Texas A&M at the time of the accident.

Ray said the analysis also detected traces of marijuana intoxicants in the 20-year-old driver's blood.
DPS had said alcohol is suspected as a factor in the Aug. 12 crash when a car carrying six people ran a stop sign and collided with an 18-wheeler near Dumas. The lone survivor from the car remains hospitalized in satisfactory condition.