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updated 2:01 PM, Apr 16, 2021 America/Chicago

One arrested in single-car crash

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031121 crashMUGSHOT Blake Ellery Partain

TCNS staff

APPLE SPRINGS — A Kennard man was arrested Sunday for a one-vehicle crash that left a woman dead.

Blake Ellery Partain, 29, is facing a charge of intoxication manslaughter in connection with the death of Chelsea McBride, 29.

According to reports from the Department of Public Safety, troopers were notified of a one-vehicle crash on FM 357, about 2 ½ miles north of Apple Springs.

The preliminary crash investigation indicates at about 2 a.m., a 2009 Dodge pickup, reportedly driven by Partain, was traveling north at an unsafe speed when the driver drove off the roadway to the right, then crossed back over the roadway and struck a tree. The pickup then caught on fire.

McBride was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Trinity County Justice of the Peace, the report states.

During the investigation, Partain was determined to be intoxicated and taken into custody, the report states.

This crash remains under investigation.

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