Lufkin man killed in wreck had past DWIs

Gene Albritton mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Gene Albritton mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man who was killed Monday morning in a two-vehicle wreck had been released on bond the day before on a felony driving while intoxicated charge.

Gene Albritton, 44, had a lengthy past with the law including at least three DWIs and was placed on parole in 2009 until March 2012.

He was arrested Saturday morning for DWI and released on a $3,500 bond Sunday. Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Claude Marshall Jr. set no conditions to the bond.

Trent Hirsch, an eyewitness to the wreck, said he saw Albritton cross over the center lane "a couple times" before hitting an oncoming car near the highway 103 bridge near the Nacogdoches County line.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Greg Sanches said Albritton had previously been convicted of DWIs in 1996 and 1997 and was legally driving Monday morning when he wrecked with David Sims, 39, of Lufkin.

DPS has ordered a toxicology report on Albritton.

A family member says Sims, who Albritton hit head-on, remains in critical condition as of Tuesday night.

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