2 Dead after alleged drunk driver crashes into Black River
Christine Aldridge, 24, was charged with DWI and two counts of manslaughter after crashing her car into the Black River. By KMOV Web Producer
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (KMOV) -- Police say a Poplar Bluff woman was driving drunk when she crashed her car into the Black River Saturday morning, killing two male passengers.
Christine Aldridge, 24, told police she was driving around the southern portion of Poplar Bluff around 4 am and did not see a stop sign at the intersection of Saxon Dr. and Ashcroft Rd. She said she applied her brakes, but the vehicle slid through the intersection and into the Black River.
Police said her vehicle was found overturned and completely submerged. Aldridge was able to escape through the driver side window, but two passengers remained trapped in the vehicle.
The Missouri State Water Patrol later recovered the bodies of two adult male victims.
Aldridge admitted to police she was the driver of the vehicle, and that she was intoxicated. She was booked on charges of DWI and two counts of manslaughter.
Police have not released the names of the victims, pending notification of their families.