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SLAUGHTER, LA (WAFB) -
Police have released the blood-alcohol level for the man suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol that crashed head-on into a car that killed five people. State police say his blood alcohol content (BAC) was .15g%, which is nearly two times the legal limit.
The crash happened on LA 67 near LA 412 in the town of Slaughter just before 10 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators said a 2007 Dodge pickup drove head-on into a 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis.
Brett Gerald was celebrating his 30th birthday.
Gerald's run-ins with the law for drinking and driving date back to July of 2004, when he was arrested for DWI in Assumption Parish.
According to court documents, Gerald went through a Pretrail Intervention Program for two months. His DWI was wiped off his record. The expungement means in the eyes of the law, that offense does not exist.
Six years later, in August of 2010, Denham Springs police arrested Gerald for DWI. His BAC was .234g percent. That is nearly three times over the legal limit. He was convicted and served 48 hours in jail, put on probation for one year, completed four days of community service, took a driver improvement course, had a substance abuse evaluation and paid over one thousand dollars in fines.
Had his first DWI not been expunged, Gerald would have been charged with a third offense DWI in the crash police said he caused on Wednesday. If convicted, a third offense is a felony greatly increases the penalties if convicted.
Gerald, of Greensburg was arrested and booked into the East Feliciana Parish Prison. The Louisiana State Police said it is believed he may have been under the influence of alcohol 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.
According to the husband of Brenda Gaines, Diamond, Jyren and the two teens who were hospitalized are all Denise's children. He says one of the teenagers may not survive.
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