TENNESSEE: Mervin Crigler nabbed by Marshals Task Force in St. Louis for DUI crash that killed Jared Helton, Justin Stafford, and injured THP Trooper Lejulian Roy

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Tennessee Highway Patrol cruiser wrecked by DWI driver who killed two highway workers.
U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller Announces the Arrest of Marvin Crigler

Memphis, TN – At the direction of the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, Mervin Crigler was arrested in St. Louis earlier today for Vehicular Homicide, DWI, Vehicular Assault, and Aggravated Assault. These charges stem from an incident on November 6, 2019. A deadly accident occurred near Arlington TN on I-40 near exit 26.

Tennessee Department of Transportation contractors Jared Helton and Justin Stafford were killed and State Trooper with the Tennessee Highway Patrol LeJulian Roy was injured.

Warrants were issued by Shelby County for Crigler’s arrest on the above-listed

charges. Investigators with the Memphis office tracked the fugitive to an address in St. Louis. Deputy Marshals in St. Louis took him into custody without incident.

“We are pleased that Marvin Crigler will be brought back to Shelby County to face charges for the TDOT contractors who were tragically killed and the injury of the Trooper. I especially want to thank the Deputy Marshals in St. Louis for this capture. The Marshals Service is committed to bringing fugitives to justice no matter where they run,” said Marshal Miller.



Penske truck company confirmed to WREG on Thursday that the truck involved in the crash was reported stolen. The company did not say where or when the truck was reportedly stolen and referred all questions to law enforcement.

“We stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation. Penske extends its sincere condolences to the loved ones of those victims involved in this tragic accident,” a Penske representative wrote in an email.

The people killed were TDOT contractors and were both from Kentucky. They were employees of A & A Safety and were identified as 30-year-old Justin Stafford and 22-year-old Jared Helton. A third A & A worker, Cody Fultz, was injured in the crash.

Both men killed were standing on the roadway replacing markers in a construction zone when they were hit by the truck. The state trooper and the injured Fultz were in their respective vehicles. MORE

Tennessee Highway Patrol

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified Covington resident LeJulian Roy as the trooper involved in Wednesday’s deadly accident near Arlington.

Trooper Roy was parked in a work zone in the westbound lanes of Interstate 40, near exit 26, when a semi plowed into three parked vehicles and two men contracted to work for the department of transportation.

The semi, driven by Mervin Crigler of Garland, Texas, first struck the right rear of a 2012 Freightliner M2, which caused the box truck to leave the right side of the roadway, travel down the embankment and into the tree line. MORE


Jared Lee Helton age 22 of Salyersville, Kentucky passed away Wednesday, November 06, 2019, in Memphis, Tennessee.  He was born September 29, 1997, in Prestonsburg, Kentucky to Richard and Lonja Freeze Helton.  Survivors include one brother, Richard Bradley (Cassandra) Helton of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, two nieces, Aria, and Elli Helton.