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FHP: Man arrested in Mexico is not suspect responsible for double fatal crash in Florida 14 years ago

Posted at 2:32 PM, Jun 23, 2021

Florida Highway Patrol has announced the man who was arrested in Mexico for a crash that killed two people back in 2007 in Polk County was the wrong fugitive.

FHP said when the fugitive was returned to the US on June 23, it was discovered by the United States Marshal’s Service that the man who had identified himself as Brian Andrews to Mexican authorities was in fact another fugitive named Ernest McBride with warrants from Arkansas and Missouri.

They said despite similar characteristics, fingerprint comparisons performed on McBride confirmed it was not Andrews.

Andrews is wanted for a crash that killed two people back in 2007.

On June 30, 2007, Florida Highway Patrol says Brian Dale Andrews was driving a 1992 white Cadillac northbound on US 27 in Polk County when he lost control and entered the southbound lanes.

The front of his car struck a vehicle going southbound, killing both people inside.

Andrews was arrested at that time for driving with a suspended license resulting in death, but later failed to appear for his arraignment. He also had warrants for DUI manslaughter.

FHP is still searching for Andrews 14 years later.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts are encouraged to contact the FHP at 813-558-1800, local law enforcement or Crime Stoppers.