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Man who caused crash on I-10 a corrections officer

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BUCKEYE, Ariz. -

There's a new twist in the case of a valley man accused of causing a deadly crash on I-10 last week that involved several kids. It turns out the suspect is a corrections officer.

DPS says this started as an argument between husband and wife, and it ended with that horrible accident that left one person dead near I-10 and Watson.

We've learned that the suspect has been a corrections officer for more than a decade.

35-year-old Ricardo Castro spent a few days in the hospital. He was driving a sedan around 11 p.m. last Tuesday when he crashed into an SUV carrying a mom and her 5 kids. All the kids were ejected but survived.

The traffic back-up led to another crash 45 minutes later. A semi rear-ended another big rig, killing one of the drivers.

The semis burst into flames, and the 10 was closed near Watson Road for almost 12 hours -- on the very busy travel day, the day before thanksgiving.

According to court paperwork, it all started with an argument between Castro and his 27-year-old wife.

"he told her he was going to kill her due to finding a text message from an ex-boyfriend," states court paperwork.

He let his mother-in-law and daughter out of the car on the side of the freeway before speeding off with his wife.

She told officers Castro attempted to take off her seat belt and struck her several times in the face before the first accident.

Castro has worked at the Lewis Prison outside Buckeye for the past 12 years. The Department Of Corrections has launched an administrative investigation.

Castro's wife says she fears for her safety is her husband is released.

That administrative investigation could lead to him losing his job -- but that may be the least of his problems. He's looking a number of serious charges, including 6 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He's being held on $200,000 bond.

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