FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - A northeastern Indiana man charged in a fiery June car crash that killed his girlfriend has pleaded guilty in the case.

WANE-TV reports 29-year-old Jeremy J. Hoerger of New Haven entered the plea Tuesday in Allen County Superior Court to driving while intoxicated causing death.

Hoerger says he drank to the point of being drunk just before the crash. Sentencing is Oct. 26.

Court documents say Hoerger had a blood-alcohol content of 0.27 percent, or more than three times Indiana's legal limit, when his car failed to negotiate a curve, struck a tree and caught fire.

Witnesses pulled the unconscious Hoerger from the wreck, but couldn't extract 27-year-old passenger Juliet Ann Taylor Schebelt. She died from blunt force injuries after being crushed by the car's impact with the tree.

Information from: WANE-TV, http://www.wane.com/

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