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Repeat DWI offender charged with felony murder after deadly crash, sheriff says

The Harris County Sheriff identified the victim as a 20-year-old man.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A man with prior 'driving while intoxicated' convictions on his record will be charged with felony murder after a deadly crash in northwest Harris County, the sheriff's office said.

The crash happened before 8 p.m. Sunday on Bammel N. Houston at Champion Forest.

Deputies believe the driver of a gray pickup truck was intoxicated while taking a left turn, causing him to hit the driver of a black pickup head-on. The 20-year-old driver in the black pickup was killed.

The suspect was taken to the hospital for his injuries. Authorities later identified him as Jeffery Davis, 57.

Records show that on top of DWI convictions in 1995, 1997 and 2014, Davis has also previously been arrested for other criminal charges, including assault on a family member.

Davis showed signs of impairment after Sunday night's crash and was found to be under the influence of alcohol, the sheriff later tweeted.

Because of his prior DWI offenses, he is facing a felony murder charge for the fatal crash.

Sean Teare, chief of the Vehicular Crimes Division in Harris County, said Sunday night the district attorney's office would be looking to find where the suspect bought alcohol or find where he was possibly over-served.

"What we have here is somebody who has been convicted three times before of DWI – continues to do it," said Teare. "And this always the final outcome. When people continue to do this, we have these tragedies. At the end of the day, this person is facing a minimum of five [years] to maximum of life in prison."

On Monday, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez identified the victim as Eduardo Tovias, 20.

"Our condolences go out to the victim’s family. Drunk driving is more than bad-decision making, it is a criminal act that often results in unnecessary loss of life. It happens way too often," tweeted the sheriff.


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