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Man kills two, injures dozens at Austin music festival

By KTVA CBS 11 News 4:10 PM March 13, 2014

Rashad Charjuan Owens was charged and pleaded guilty to driving impaired in Fairbanks in 2011

ANCHORAGE – A suspected drunk driver plowed through a crowd at a music festival in Austin, Texas, killing two people and injuring dozens more shortly after midnight Thursday.

Police say they tried to pull the suspect over at a DUI checkpoint, when he took off, driving through a barricade and into a crowd at the South by Southwest festival.

Once beyond the barricade, he hit and killed a woman on a moped and a man on a bicycle.

The chase ended when he hit a van.

Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, will face two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle, Austin police said.

As of Thursday afternoon, three people were in critical condition.

Owens was charged and pleaded guilty to driving impaired in Fairbanks in 2011. He was 19 at the time, according to court records.

He was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident. That charge, however, was dismissed.

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