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Fred Russel's ex-girlfriend testifies

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KELSO, Wash.- An Idaho woman who came upon the scene of a fatal Eastern Washington car crash and let Frederick Russell stay warm in her car until an ambulance arrived testified that the smell of alcohol on his breath was so strong she had to leave the vehicle.

Russell is on trial on vehicular homicide and vehicular assault charges. He's accused of being drunk, speeding, and trying to pass in a no-passing zone when his vehicle slammed head-on into another car on the highway between the two college towns of Pullman, Wash., and Moscow, Idaho.

Three Washington State University students were killed. A young woman who drank with Russell hours before the June 2001 crash said he brought a half-gallon jug of vodka to her Moscow, Idaho, home, where it was polished off by seven people, including Russell, before the defendant left for a bar in Pullman.

Russell's passenger that night and an ex-girlfriend each testified that Russell, now 28, could "hold his liquor." Russell was on the U.S. Marshals Service's "Most Wanted" list after he fled to Ireland following his arrest and release in 2001. He was found in 2005 and later extradited to the United States.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

 

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