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Alcohol, high speeds blamed in deadly Burleson wreck

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Investigators say speeding and alcohol was to blame in a deadly wreck that killed four people in Burleson.

The blood alcohol level of the driver of the pickup truck in question, Ethan Couch, was .24 – three times the legal limit.

Four people were killed in the June 15 crash after Couch's pick-up with a group of teens inside slammed into the vehicle of a stranded driver and a group of people who were trying to help her.

Authorities believe speed was a factor in the cash, as well. They estimate the truck was traveling around 68-70 miles per hour at the time of the crash.

Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson says the teens stole two cases of beer from the Walmart in Burleson. Investigators believe some of them had been drinking before the theft.

Some of the teens can be seen on security camera video stealing the beer.

The sheriff says the house where the teens were drinking was owned by a member of Couch's family.

No charges have been filed by the Tarrant County District Attorney's office and no arrests have been made in the case.

"We are unable to speculate on when and what charges will be filed," officials at the DA's office said in a statement.

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