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SLAUGHTER, LA (WAFB) -
The man accused of drinking and driving, who hit a car head-on and left five people dead and two in critical condition, is facing several charges, including five counts of vehicular homicide.
It was learned this is not Brett Gerald's first run-in with the law which involved drinking and driving.
Police say Gerald celebrated his 30th birthday Wednesday and that night got behind the wheel.
The group of seven people were headed back to Baton Rouge from Clinton, Louisiana where they had just left church.
The crash happened on LA 67 near LA 412 in the town of Slaughter just before 10 p.m. Investigators said Gerald's 2007 Dodge pickup drove head-on into the 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis.
Brett Gerald, 30, of Greensburg was arrested and booked into the East Feliciana Parish Prison. He sustained minor injuries in the crash. The Louisiana State Police said he may have been drunk at the time. Gerald faces the following charges:
Troopers have released the names of the victims in the car who died. They are all from Baton Rouge and were pronounced dead at the scene by the East Feliciana Parish Coroner's Office. They were identified as:
Brenda Gaines, 64 (Driver, Denise Gaines' mother)
Angela Mosely, 35 (Fellow church member)
Denise Gaines, 33 (Mother of Diamond, Jyren and two other teens in the vehicle)
Diamond Johnson, 12
Jyren Johnson, 6
Two teens in the car suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital.
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