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Driver accused of causing fatal, fiery crash in Oklahoma admits taking painkiller

Wesley Kyle Early, 28, admitted to police that he had taken methadone, a synthetic painkiller, the day that he caused a fiery crash that left a man dead, court records show.
by Matt Dinger Modified: July 10, 2014 at 6:20 pm •  Published: July 10, 2014
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— A man accused of causing a fatal fiery wreck told police that he had taken methadone earlier that day.

Wesley Kyle Early, 28, was arrested Monday on a manslaughter complaint. He has not been charged.

About 4:15 p.m. Monday, a wreck involving a pickup, the U-Haul truck Early was driving and three other vehicles near NW 28 and N Rockwell Avenue was reported in Bethany.

Early, who was southbound, apparently went left of center and crashed into the northbound vehicles, according to the probable cause affidavit.

A man, who was trapped in a pickup over a ruptured gas line that caught fire, died.

Early had red, watery, bloodshot eyes and slow, raspy slurred speech, according to the affidavit. He also was unsteady on his feet and made very slow movements, the affidavit states.

He told police that he had taken methadone, a synthetic painkiller, prior to the crash, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Early agreed to a blood test, but the results were not included in the affidavit.

Early was released on $10,000 bail early Thursday, jailers said.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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