Alleged drunk driver indicted after killing 2 people in wreck

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Alleged drunk driver formally charged

The following news release was sent by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office:

GLENDALE - County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that Enrique Acosta, 27 (DOB 10/16/80), has been accused in a criminal complaint of multiple charges that include two counts of first degree murder (or in the alternative second degree murder), three counts of aggravated assault, one count endangerment, one count of unlawful flight, and four counts of aggravated driving while under the influence. The complaint comes in the aftermath of a collision between the defendant's vehicle and a car carrying five people, three adults and two children, on August 1, 2008. The incident took place in the area of 51st Avenue and Camelback Road in Glendale at approximately 11:20 pm.

According to the Glendale Police probable cause statement, a Phoenix Police patrol officer noticed Acosta's full-size Dodge pick-up truck weaving in and out of traffic heading north on 51st Avenue at Indian School Road. Activating his lights and siren, the officer attempted to pull the defendant over.

When the defendant failed to stop, the officer continued to follow as the defendant's car accelerated. The defendant did not stop for a red light at Camelback Road. At this point, the defendant's vehicle hit a Dodge Neon. An adult female front seat passenger died at the scene. The male driver died later at the hospital. The other passengers sustained various degrees of injuries. Additionally, the defendant's female passenger was injured. The defendant had non-life threatening injures. A hospital analysis of Acosta's blood sample returned an alcohol level of .188.

Acosta had previously served four years in prison for aggravated DUI violations that occurred in 2003.

"This case is a textbook example of why repeat DUI offenders need to be taken off the streets," said Thomas. "We will pursue justice for the victims."