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Court docs: Suspected drunk driver in deadly Hwy 99E crash nearly 4 times legal limit

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Favian Garcia mug shot courtesy Marion County Jail

SALEM, Ore. – The 27-year-old accused of driving drunk in a collision on Highway 99E that killed a Molalla mother and her four children had a blood-alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit, a probable cause affidavit shows.

Favian Garcia is facing several charges, including five counts of manslaughter and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

According to police, Garcia was driving along Highway 99E when he crossed the center line and crashed head-on with Lisette Medrano-Perez, 25.

Medrano-Perez and her four young children were all pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified the children on Tuesday.

Garcia told arriving state troopers “he had had a hangover all day,” court records show.

Police looked Garcia up in their system and found he had two active warrants, including one for failing to appear in court on a previous DUII charge from July.

Troopers said they could smell alcohol on Garcia, noticed his eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and that he was slurring his speech.

He refused a request for a blood draw, so hospital staff later collected samples to test for blood-alcohol content.

Tests showed his BAC was .318 percent, which is nearly four times higher than the legal limit of .08 percent.

Garcia was scheduled to make his first court appearance Tuesday.

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