Woman charged in deadly drunk driving crash surrenders

Woman accused of killing man in drunk driving wreck turns herself in

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - A woman who ran from police and U.S. marshals after being charged in a deadly motorcycle crash last week has surrendered. Ashley Seibers, 34, turned herself in at the Gonzales Police Department shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19.

She had no comment as she and her attorney, Sidney Hall, walked into the lobby. Detectives say Seiber was behind the wheel of her Nissan Rogue on Sunday, Dec. 9 when she hit Caleb Loots, 18, who was riding his motorcycle on Highway 44 near I-10. Officers say Seiber’s blood alcohol level was .09 percent.

Caleb Loots, 18
Caleb Loots, 18 (Source: Gonzales Police Department)
(Source: Gonzales Police Department)

Detective Steve Nethken says Loots was barely hanging on.

“The occupant of the motorcycle was still laid out in the roadway and had no pulse. Officers had to do CPR on him,” Nethken said.

Nethken says Loots was taken to the hospital. He died the next day. After his death, detectives issued a warrant to arrest Seibers for negligent homicide, but Nethken says detectives could not find her.

“Officers had tried several times after the warrant was issued to get her to come back in so that she could be arrested on the upgraded charges and she had refused to come in,” Nethken said.

Seibers turned herself in Wednesday morning shortly after U.S. marshals were called in to help look for her. A Christmas wreath now marks the spot where the tragedy unfolded. Detectives hope it serves as a stark reminder to those who choose to drink and drive.

“You are not making a decision to drink on your own behalf. You’re making these decisions for everyone you are surrounding on your way home, and that’s what is egregious about this,” Nethken said.

Seiber is charged with vehicular homicide and DWI. She’s in the Ascension Parish Detention Center awaiting bond. If convicted, Seiber could face anywhere from five to 30 years behind bars and fines of up to $15,000.

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