DUI Crash That Killed Two In Polk County

Florida Highway Patrol Most Wanted: Brian Dale Andrews, Still Wanted

A man wanted by the Florida Highway Patrol, in a horrific crash that killed two people back in 2007 was thought to had been apprehended by law enforcement. But FHP says it was a case of mistaken identity.

Coordinating with the United States Marshal’s Service, Andrews was apprehended on June 21st and returned to the United States on June 23rd to face felony charges which include two counts of DUI Manslaughter, two counts of Driving While License Suspended Involving a Death, and one count DUI Property Damage. 

However, Andrews wasnt Andrews.

Following the arrest of a fugitive in Mexico on Monday, June 21st and his return to the United States on June 23rd, it was discovered by the United States Marshal’s Service that the man who had identified himself as Brian Andrews to Mexican authorities was in fact another fugitive named Ernest McBride with warrants from Arkansas and Missouri. 

Despite similar physical characteristics, fingerprint comparisons performed on McBride in Texas from an Andrews’ arrest in Pensacola, Florida in 2004 confirmed the fugitive was not Andrews. 

Following a June 30, 2007, fatal traffic crash that occurred at 5:35 PM along US Highway 27 just north of County Line Road near Avon Park in Polk County, Florida that claimed the lives of Danny and Patricia McCown, FHP Troopers filed charges against Brian Dale Andrews, then 29 years of age from Frostproof. 

At the time of the crash, Andrews was found to have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level of 0.315, nearly four times the legal limit.  Andrews eventually fled the country that same year to avoid prosecution. 

FHP Troopers continue to search for Brian Dale Andrews and anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the FHP at 813-558-1800, local law enforcement, or Crime Stoppers.

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