Driver in quadruple fatality has prior drunk driving conviction

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by Adam Walser

WHAS11.com

Posted on October 31, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 5:13 AM

(WHAS11) -- We are learning more about a cab drivers past, including his conviction on a prior drunk driving charge. Charles Barlow was arrested a year ago for failing to pay his court ordered fines after a drunk driving conviction.
 
In court Barlow agreed not to fight extradition to Indiana, where he faces felony homicide charges. Barlow, who worked for Yellow Cab, was driving his taxi off-duty early Monday morning with his finance' and two friends near Horseshoe Casino when police say Barlow crossed the center line and struck a Cadillac.

Police say Barlow was driving more than 80 miles an hour. Four people were killed.
 
“He said he was drinking. He said they were gonna say it was his fault because he was drinking,” said Collean Carroll, who lives near the crash site.
 
A police report says Barlow admitted he had been drinking. It wasn't his first alcohol-related crash. We obtained a citation from Pulaski County, Kentucky.
 
Barlow was arrested there in 2004 for D.U.I. after crashing his car and blowing a .129 blood alcohol content reading on a breathalyzer, well above the legal limit of .08 in Kentucky.
 
He pleaded guilty.
 
We also discovered Barlow has also been charged with burglary, theft, terroristic threatening, probation violation, alcohol intoxication and assault.
 
“There are some other factors, backgrounds, what's happened in the past of this particular defendant that I can't go into yet,” said Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson during a press conference announcing the reckless homicide charges Tuesday.

Barlow lived in Ithaca, New York for several years, where he used several different aliases, including Michael Hatchet, Michael Barlow and Michael O'Callahan.
 
New York State authorities say he was never arrested there under his actual name.
 
We discovered Barlow moved back to Kentucky last year. He had a valid Kentucky driver's license at the time of the crash.
 
Barlow was placed under a $500,00 bond.
 
His employer, Yellow Cab, failed to return our phone calls seeking comment.
 

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