Anza man convicted in DUI wreck that killed two north of Desert Center

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A 21-year-old who caused a head-on collision while driving drunk north of Desert Center, killing two people, was convicted Friday, Nov. 6, of two counts of DUI gross vehicular manslaughter and other offenses. Austin Bly Ellington of Anza was 18 years old June 29, 2018, when his truck crashed into another on state Route 62, east of state Route 177, killing one of his passengers and the driver of the truck. An Indio jury deliberated less than a day before finding Ellington guilty of two counts of DUI gross vehicular manslaughter and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, along with several sentence-enhancing allegations. The jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of convicting Ellington of one count of driving with a blood alcohol content exceeding 0.08% ca
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