Suspected drunken driver arrested after plowing into crowd at South by Southwest festival

Mar 13, 2014 9:45 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A suspected drunken driver has been arrested after his vehicle crashed through barricades and slammed into a crowd at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, killing a man and a woman riding a moped and leaving at least 23 others hurt.

The city's police chief says the crash happened in front of an emptying nightclub shortly after midnight as the driver tried to evade police. The driver then tried to get away on foot, but an officer shocked him with a stun gun.

The annual music, film and interactive conference draws tens of thousands to Austin each year, and the toll could have been much higher. The street had been packed with revelers just minutes earlier, but officials had cleared the area to create a fire lane.

The suspect faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle.


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