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Driver in Fatal Edwin Jackson Crash Had Prior DUI Conviction

An ICE spokesperson says Orrego-Savala first entered the United States illegally around July 1, 2004 and was first convicted the next year.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Manuel Orrego-Savala, the man suspected of driving drunk in a crash that killed a Colts player and his Uber driver, has entered the country illegally three times and has multiple convictions, including a DUI conviction in California.

Orrega-Savala, 37, is accused of crashing into a car parked on the side of westbound I-70 early Sunday morning, killing Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, 26, and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe, 54.

According to Nicole Alberico, an ICE spokesperson, Orrego-Savala first entered the United States illegally around July 1, 2004.

In 2005, Orrego-Savala was convicted for driving under the influence in Redwood City, California.

He was arrested by ICE officers in 2006 in San Francisco for "being an alien present without permission or parole," Alberico said. In early 2007, he was deported back to Guatemala. 

Alberico said deportations are a case-by-case basis, that can take years or days to play out.

In March 2009, deportation officers again arrested him in San Francisco, and he was removed, again, to Guatemala. 

Aside from the DUI conviction in 2005, Orrego-Savala also has "many other misdemeanor criminal convictions and arrests in California and Indiana," Alberico said.

It is unknown exactly how Orrego-Savala made it into the United States illegally in each of the three occasions. A person who re-enters the United States after having been previously deported can be imprisoned by up to 20 years in federal prison, if convicted, according to an ICE official.

An ICE detainer is currently placed on Orrego-Savala while he remains in Marion County Jail. ICE may assume custody of him for removal purposes once his proceedings have taken place in Indiana.

(Photo by RTV6.)

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