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Driver In Deadly Crash Had Long Arrest Record

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GREENBRIER, Tenn. - The driver in a deadly Robertson County crash had a long arrest record, and investigators said he shouldn't have been driving at all.

Mandricus Darden, 27,  was driving northbound on Highway 41 South between Greenbrier and Springfield Monday night, when his vehicle struck another vehicle head on. Darden was killed in the crash.  Janice Carlton, a passenger in the other car was also killed. 

Carlton's daughter, Megan Bouge, 28, and Bouge's two young children were also in the other vehicle.  Bouge and her daughter Wyncie, 3, are both in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Bouge's infant son, Emmitt, was also in the car, and in stable condition.

Police say Mandricus Darden's criminal past dates back to 2004.  A suspended license at the age of 19 for truancy, led to four other arrests for the offense.  His license was still suspended at the time of the crash Monday night.

It's a problem prosecutors say is very difficult to monitor.  "They are not allowed to drive anymore, but once they've served their sentence, we don't have the means to monitor them, " said Tali Rosenblum, Assistant District Attorney.  "After they have served their jail time, they're out in the public."

Bouge works at the daycare at the First Baptist Church in Greenbrier.  "Very professional teacher, but also very personable," said Nathan Washburn, who pastors the church. "Always had a smile on her face, always knew a lot about the kids, loved teaching them, love caring for them, love investiging in them.

Pastor Washburn says the church is on shock over the accident, and praying that Bouge and her children will recover. 

Springfield Police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are investigating the crash.  Investigators do not know what caused Darden to cross the road and hit the other vehicle.
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