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Man, woman charged in fatal May crash into Mississippi River

Russel Briseno
Russel Briseno Provided by the Chester Police Department

Two Chester residents have been charged in connection with a May car accident that resulted in the death of a 57-year-old man.

Russel Briseno, 30, was charged in Randolph County on Monday with one count of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and one count of obstructing justice, a Herald Tribune report said, while Stephanie England, 26, was charged with obstructing justice.

Police were still searching for Briseno as of Monday afternoon, the report said. England was arrested by Chester Police at her home and is being held on $5,000 bond in county jail.

During the early morning hours of May 30, Briseno, England and Coffman were in a Jeep Liberty that crashed through a guard rail at the bottom of Chester Hill and went down an embankment into the Mississippi River, the report said.

According to the Herald Tribune, Briseno and England escaped from the Jeep and swam ashore, but Coffman was not able to get out, and his body was found two days later a few miles south of Chester.

Chester Police Chief Ryan Coffey said there were inconsistencies in Briseno and England’s accounts of the accident, the Herald Tribune reported. They had originally claimed Coffman was driving the Jeep, but after further investigation, it was revealed that Briseno was actually the driver at the time of the crash, Coffey said.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Russel Briseno can contact the Chester Police Department at 618-826-5454.

Hana Muslic: 618-239-2626, @h_muslic