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Judge changes driver's charge from murder to manslaughter in deadly crash on I-71 North

According to police, the driver of the vehicle was seen "swerving back and forth" across I-71. A passenger in his vehicle died in the crash.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A judge has reduced a man's charge from murder to manslaughter according to court documents.

The suspect, Quincey Evans, has also been charged with driving under the influence after a deadly crash on I-71N.

According to an arrest citation, Evans was taken into custody just after midnight Monday at University of Louisville Hospital.

Louisville Metro Police (LMPD) said officers responded to a collision near I-264W around 7:30 p.m. Sunday night. Witnesses told police they had seen a white truck "swerving back and forth" across both lanes of the interstate before it lost control at the I-264 split.

The truck hit the guardrail and flipped over, resting between the guardrail and rock wall, according to the citation.

The driver, identified as Evans, had to be removed from the vehicle by first responders. A second man in the vehicle, identified by the Jefferson County Coroner's Office as 68-year-old Charles Polston, died in the crash. 

During the rescue, EMS personnel noted that Evans "smelled strongly" of alcohol. Officers detected the same odor when Evans was at the hospital. The citation says officers also noticed Evans had "glassy blood shot eyes."

Officers executed a warrant to obtain the hospital's toxicology results, which revealed that Evans' blood alcohol level was .167.

Evans is charged with murder, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and operating a vehicle on a suspended or revoked driver's license. He is scheduled to be arraigned on April 12.

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