Testimony resumes in trial of accused drunk driver involved in deadly 3-vehicle crash

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

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Testimony resumed Wednesday morning in the trial of a suspected drunk driver blamed in a three-vehicle crash that left a 56-year-old woman dead.

Ashton Claiborne, 30, is charged with second offense DWI, vehicular homicide and vehicular injuring.

Jury selection was completed and opening statements were given Tuesday in the trial focusing on a wreck in which Carolyn Brouillette was killed. The accident 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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