Man who died in 103 wreck was on drugs

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

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A man who died in a State Highway 103 wreck in December, severely injuring another man who he ran into, was high on drugs at the time of the wreck, according to an autopsy report.

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 the weekend before on a DWI charge.

According to an autopsy report obtained from an open records request, Albritton had "combined drug intoxication" with methamphetamine, cocaine and other drugs found in his system.

According to an eyewitness, Albritton crossed over the center lane "a couple times" before hitting the vehicle of David Sims, 39, of Lufkin, near the highway 103 bridge near the Nacogdoches County line.

Sgt. Greg Sanchez, a DPS spokesman, said Sims was still recovering from injuries he sustained in the wreck.

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