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Driver in deadly Powhatan crash served as Richmond jailer

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Information is surfacing about the past of the driver behind a deadly crash in Powhatan County over the weekend. 

Jerry Middleton has a history of DUIs, and he worked for the Richmond Sheriff's Office. He was part of the highest ranks of the Richmond Sheriff's Office. He was chief jailer until at least 1996.

What makes the story even worse is that police say Middleton crashed his car with his three sisters inside. All three sisters died at the scene.

If and when Middleton recovers from his critical injuries, it's likely the former jailer will find himself behind bars.

State Police quoted in a Richmond Times-Dispatch article now say alcohol is considered a factor in Saturday's crash. Court records show right before Christmas of 2008, Middleton was convicted of driving with a blood alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit.

Police say around 8:40 Saturday night, Middleton ran his 2002 Lexus off U.S. 60 and hit a tree. His sisters died at the scene, and he was flown to VCU Medical Center. State Police have not filed any charges yet. 

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