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Man charged with 3rd DUI and killing taxi driver

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A local cab driver is dead after a violent crash and police say the driver of the other car was drunk. But, this isn't the first time the suspect is accused of drinking before getting behind the wheel.

The Channel 4 I-Team has learned Evan Childress is no stranger to police in Middle Tennessee. His record shows he has been in and out of jail nearly a dozen times.

Now, just days after he was accused of killing someone while again driving under the influence, Childress is back out of jail.

Police say it was Childress's third DUI when he ran off Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro on Saturday morning and into Geoffriau Powell's taxi.

Powell, 38, a driver for Allied Cab Co. in Nashville, died from the impact on his driver's side door.

The Channel 4 I-Team has learned Childress has a lengthy rap sheet, including nearly a dozen arrests for charges ranging from DUI, to driving on a revoked license, to public intoxication.

Childress pleaded guilty to his second DUI last year and only served 45 days in jail after a judge gave him probation.

Then, police arrested him for drinking again and violating his probation, so the judge revoked his probation and sent him to rehab before reinstating his probation last September.

Childress is now out of jail after posting a $55,000 bond after the deadly wreck Saturday.

In addition to suspicion of driving under the influence, Childress is also charged with driving on a revoked license and vehicular homicide.

The Channel 4 I-Team attempted to contact Childress, but we were told he was not available and has been advised by his attorney to not talk about the case.

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