Alcohol claim in double-fatal crash

A man charged with killing two people in a head-on crash recorded an alcohol concentration of between .225 and .226 after the collision, a Melbourne court heard today.

Nathan Long, 28, is also alleged to have been a disqualified driver speeding at 108 km/h in a 40 zone at the time.

Chuong Tran and Huong Tran died near the Western Ring Road at St Albans on October 15 last year.

Long appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with two counts of culpable driving causing death.

He faces a total of nine charges that include driving in a dangerous manner that caused the two deaths.

He is also charged with driving while disqualified.

At a filing hearing this afternoon, prosecutor Julian Ayres told magistrate Amanda Chambers that Long would be remanded to appear at a committal mention in April.

His lawyer, Jonathan Miller asked Ms Chambers to note that Long had suffered a traumatic brain injury and had been released from a rehabilitation hospital in December.

Mr Miller said that Long was being treated weekly as an inpatient at the hospital and was vulnerable in custody to injuries to his head, spine and pelvis.

He asked that he be moved as soon as possible from the Melbourne Custody Centre to be medically assessed.

Long, who appeared in court in a sleeveless black T-shirt, his left arm heavily tattooed, made no application for bail and was remanded in custody.

The story Alcohol claim in double-fatal crash first appeared on The Age.

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