Trial begins for wrong-way I-35 driver accused of manslaughter

Mug shot of John McClintock
Mugshot of John McClintock

GEORGETOWN, Texas (KXAN) — The trial for a man accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 35 and killing a veteran on a motorcycle two years ago began Tuesday.

John McClintock, 32, faces intoxication manslaughter charge and murder with a deadly weapon charges.

Jurors saw dash camera video Tuesday from the crash scene in Round Rock. The first officer to get to the scene testified, saying McClintock drove the wrong way for 11 miles up I-35 from US 183 in Austin. One of the man’s coworkers at the IRS also testified, saying McClintock was out with a group drinking and singing karaoke that night.

Mug shot of John McClintock

McClintock told police he made a “wrong turn” in  as he was driving home to San Marcos in November 2015. Police received several calls about him that night as he drove north in the southbound lanes, and a police chase ensued.

The chase ended with a crash in Round Rock, where 25-year-old Domonick Turner died.

At the time, McClintock admitted to police that he had been drinking before getting behind the wheel, according to an arrest affidavit.

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