Man once charged in crash that killed pregnant girlfriend, arrested for DUI

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 4 at 6:29 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It’s been years of heartache for a family who lost a loved one in a motorcycle crash. It happened on the Watterson Expressway at Dixie Highway in Shively back in 2007.

Brandie Chadwell, 25, and her unborn baby died at University Hospital.

On Easter weekend of 2013, the driver of that motorcycle, Bernard “Kalep” King was arrested by the Warsaw Police Department for DUI. It’s the latest in a lengthy list of criminal activity spanning many years. Chadwell’s mother, Maggie Briley, said she wants it to end, but she’s having trouble getting law enforcement on her side.

King was originally charged with killing Chadwell and their unborn daughter. A urine sample taken after the crash tested positive for cocaine and other drugs. That evidence was thrown out because of questions over the reliability of urine drug tests. Eventually, the charges were dropped all together.

Briley said in the years since her daughter’s death, King has been taunting her. “He goes by my store,” she said. “[He] waves at me, blows kisses. He thinks it’s funny. It’s not funny.”

Briley said she feels like he keeps slipping through holes in the legal system. She fears someone else could be hurt, particularly her 8-year-old grandson, who remains in King’s custody.
 

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