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The driver of the vehicle that was allegedly heading in the wrong direction triggering the fatal I-69 crash last Friday night in Pike county has admitted that he smoked meth prior to the crash.

Police say Brian Paquette also believed he was being pursued by “farmers chasing him through a field” when he crashed into two oncoming vehicles on the highway.

Indiana State Police say a trooper tried desperately to get Paquette’s attention when he saw him driving the wrong-way, but says there was not enough time.

The crash killed 22-year-old Stephanie Molinet, 44-year-old Jason Lowe, and 21-year-old Autumn Kapperman. Police say Kapperman was five months pregnant.

I-69 was shut down for three hours as a result.

Paquette is now facing 12 charges including:

3 counts each of:

Resisting law enforcement

Operating a Motor Vehicle on methamphetamine and causing death

Reckless homicide

Operating Under the Influence causing serious bodily injury

and Possession of methamphetamine.

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