A Kennewick man who served six years for killing a Pasco couple in an alcohol-fueled crash is back behind bars for allegedly driving drunk again.
Jose Juan Jaramillo Jr. is charged in Benton County Superior Court with felony DUI and remains in jail on $100,000 bail. He is scheduled to enter a plea Thursday.
His arrest last weekend comes almost five years to the day after Jaramillo was released from Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell.
At the time, he vowed that he was trying to move on after doing time for the 2000 fatal wreck and getting help through programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
Jaramillo was stopped last Saturday for speeding after a Washington State Patrol trooper clocked him doing 46 mph in a 35-mph zone, said court documents.
Trooper Brad Neff said he "noticed an odor of intoxicants coming from inside" the car and Jaramillo's eyes were watery and bloodshot, and he moved slowly and was uncoordinated.
Jaramillo admitted drinking a couple of beers before getting behind the wheel, court documents said.
Breath tests at the jail showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.129 percent and 0.130 percent, said the documents.
Prosecutors also claim Jaramillo was uncooperative -- cursing at the officer and banging his head against the patrol car's window.
He faces a felony DUI charge because Jaramillo's criminal history includes two counts of vehicular homicide for the West Court Street crash that killed Maxine and Ronald Turnbow on May 13, 2000.
Jaramillo said he had been "drinking a little bit" in Richland's Howard Amon Park before heading to a birthday party at Chiawana Park in Pasco.
Jaramillo was speeding down West Court Street with a van full of kids when he broadsided a car driven by Ronald Turnbow, 78, at Road 68 at 3:15 p.m.
His wife Maxine Turnbow, 76, died instantly. Ronald Turnbow died about an hour later at a hospital. Their dog had to be put to sleep because of its severe injuries.
Jaramillo ran from the crash but was arrested later when he sought treatment at Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco. His blood-alcohol level more than two hours after the crash was 0.11 percent. The legal limit to drive in Washington is 0.08 percent.
He pleaded guilty in Franklin County Superior Court to the vehicular homicides and a charge of failing to stop at the scene. His sentence was six years and eight months, and he was released July 12, 2006 -- six months short of the full term.
At the time, Jaramillo told the Tri-City Herald that he had no intention of returning to a life behind bars, describing it as a waste of time.
He said he used to believe he did not have an addiction to alcohol, but recognized that "every time I was drinking I ended up having problems."
At the time of the 2000 wreck, Jaramillo's license was suspended because of a 1999 conviction for drunken driving. He also then had an arrest warrant for failing to finish an alcohol treatment program.