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Warrant: Driver accused of fatal DWI had 26 beer cans in truck

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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 8:00 pm

A former Rio Arriba County jail guard who is accused of killing two men June 19 in a fatal DWI crash had 26 beer cans in his truck at the time of the accident, according to a search warrant filed in state District Court.

Justin Romero, 26, of El Rito is accused of crashing his 1997 Ford pickup into a 2004 Pontiac sedan carrying the two men, state police have said. The search warrant says Romero told a state police officer he had consumed about five beers in the morning before the Thursday night crash. The suspect also told the state police officer there was an 18-pack of beer in the front of his truck, the warrant says.

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