Suspected drunk driver heads to trial for deadly 3-vehicle crash

Ashton Claiborne (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)
Ashton Claiborne (Source: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office)

PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A man suspected of drunk driving and causing a deadly crash more than a year ago headed to court for his trial.

Ashton Claiborne, 30, is charged with second offense DWI, vehicular homicide and vehicular injuring for a wreck that left Carolyn Brouillette, 56, dead. It happened on LA 73 (Old Jefferson Highway) in Prairieville on Sept. 28, 2012.

Louisiana State Police said Claiborne tried to pass Brouillette in a no-passing zone and collided head-on with a cement truck. Troopers said the impact caused the cement truck to spin and it hit Brouillette's vehicle. She was taken to the hospital, where she later died. Claiborne and Brouillette were both driving SUVs.

Investigators stated a toxicology report showed Claiborne's blood alcohol level was more than the legal limit at the time of the crash. Documents indicated he was ticketed for careless operation and driving with a suspended license following a crash in June 2012. His previous record also included DWI and speeding.

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