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Driver facing manslaughter charge in Aug. 25 crash in Southeast Austin


SOUTHEAST AUSTIN

Driver facing manslaughter charge in Aug. 25 crash

A 25-year-old is facing a charge of intoxication manslaughter after his passenger was killed in a crash last month in Southeast Austin.

Police say Oscar Benitez-Patino was speeding east on Texas 71 near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, weaving in and out of his lane, when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed around 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 25, court documents say.

The vehicle rolled and burst into flames, according to Austin-Travis County EMS medics, who responded to the crash.

Benitez-Patino, the driver, was safely removed from the vehicle by witnesses, an arrest affidavit filed against him says.

His 21-year-old passenger, who has yet to be identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, the document says.

Police say empty beer cases and bottles, as well as the victim’s brain matter and Benitez-Patino’s Mexico passport, were strewn across the highway at the crash scene, according to court documents.

Benitez-Patino was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, where his mother later identified him for police, the affidavit says.

His blood was drawn about an hour and a half after the crash and showed he was intoxicated; his blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit, the court documents say.

Benitez-Patino was booked into Travis County Jail on Thursday with bail set at $75,000, jail records show.

Intoxication manslaughter is a second-degree felony punishable between two and 20 years in prison.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman

EAST AUSTIN

SWAT standoff at residence ends in arrest, police say

A SWAT standoff ended in East Austin on Thursday night after a man came out of a home and was arrested.

Officers arrived at a house in the 1200 block of Delano Street at 6 p.m. to arrest a man on a larceny charge, Austin police said. The person they were seeking to arrest barricaded himself inside and refused to come out, Austin police said.

Police evacuated nearby homes and closed off nearby roads.

The man eventually came outside and police arrested him on the warrant, police said. Police also detained another man after the SWAT standoff, but police said he has not been charged.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman



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