Police: Dad Kills 2 Teens While Driving Drunk

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A Gainesville man faces DUI manslaughter charges after detectives determined his blood alcohol level was more than two times the legal limit when he was involved in a crash that killed his teenage daughter and her friend.

The Gainesville Sun reports 40-year-old Jeffrey Lee Ertle was arrested Thursday.

He was critically injured during the Dec. 13 crash that killed 13-year-old Ashley Ertle and her 15-year-old friend Emily Cook. Police say the girls died at the scene and Ertle spend two weeks in the hospital.

Detectives say Ertle was going to a convenience store to buy cigarettes when he veered into the path of a sports utility vehicle. Ashley Ertle lived in Chiefland with her mother and was visiting her father.

Records don’t indicate whether Ertle has an attorney.