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Man charged with intoxication manslaughter after Friday night wreck claims life of City of Port Arthur employee

The accident happened shortly before midnight in the 100 block of Gulfway Drive.

PORT ARTHUR, Texas — A man has been arrested and charged after a City of Port Arthur employee was killed in a Friday night wreck.

The accident happened shortly before midnight. Port Arthur Police responded to the 100 block of Gulfway Drive after receiving a call about a major motor vehicle accident involving a motorcyclist. 

Port Arthur Police Chief Tim Duriso told 12News the motorcyclist involved died as a result of his injuries. He was later identified as 47-year-old James Addison, according to a Port Arthur Police Department release. 

Addison was a City of Port Arthur employee. The suspect accused of killing him was identified as Christopher James, 40, of Port Arthur. 

Police believe James showed signs that he was intoxicated, according to the release. James was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter.

James is currently being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a $30,000 bond. 

This is a developing story. We will update with more if and when we receive more confirmed information.

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From a Port Arthur Police Department release:

On Friday July 29, 2022 at approximately 11:41 pm, Port Arthur Police officers responded to the 100 block of Gulfway Drive in reference to a major motor vehicle accident involving a motorcyclist.
The victim was identified as James Addison, a 47-year-old resident and employee of the City of Port Arthur.
The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Christopher James, is also a Port Arthur resident. He displayed signs of intoxication and was arrested and charged with Intoxicated Manslaughter that same night. James has a bond of $30,000.

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