Bond set for suspected drunk driver involved in deadly crash

Dedrick Matthews (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Dedrick Matthews (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Bond has been set for a suspected drunk driver facing numerous charges, including vehicular homicide and DWI, in a crash that left two people dead and three others injured early Sunday morning.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Officer reported Dedrick Matthews, 38, of Baton Rouge, is being held on a $164,500 bond. Matthews faces the following charges:

Vehicular homicide (2 counts)

Vehicular negligent injuring (3 counts)

DWI (2nd offense)

Reckless operation

Careless operation

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Johnny Galmon, 26, and Kandace Cox, 19, died in the crash. The names of the three people who suffered minor injuries were not released.

Police said the wreck happened on I-10 West on the Horace Wilkinson Bridge (New Bridge) around 2:45 a.m. Investigators said it is believed Matthews was driving too fast and rear-ended a vehicle with Galmon, Cox and two other people inside.

According to the probable cause report, Matthews told responding officers he was the designated driver but ended up having drinks at a club and a casino in Baton Rouge. He reportedly told police he drove because he was the less intoxicated and that he and his passenger were headed to a club in Port Allen.

He reportedly also told investigators he "was distracted by talking to his passenger and all of a sudden there was a crash."

Documents show Matthews was arrested for DWI in Baton Rouge on Feb. 11, 2007 and in Jefferson Parish on Jan. 29, 2010.

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