PRAIRIEVILLE — A Gonzales man was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on Wednesday after a blood-alcohol content test showed he was over the legal limit following a fatal wreck last week, Louisiana State Police reported Thursday.
Ashton Claiborne, 29, of 2212 S. Robert Ave., was arrested on counts of second-offense DWI, vehicular homicide and vehicular negligent injuring stemming from a Sept. 28 wreck on La. 73, State Police spokesman Russell Graham said.
Carolyn Brouillette, 56, of Prairieville, died in the wreck, which occurred at 6:30 a.m. and closed La. 73 between Airline Highway and La. 42 for much of the day.
It was the second DWI arrest in the past year for Claiborne, who registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.155, nearly double the legal limit, during a traffic stop Jan. 7 on Sherwood Forest Boulevard in Baton Rouge, Graham said. Graham said he was not authorized to release the results of Claiborne’s blood test.
State troopers said Brouillette was driving a 2013 Lincoln south on La. 73 when Claiborne attempted to pass in a no-passing zone in his 2006 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle. The SUV collided head-on with a 2012 Mack truck driven by David Milton, 49, of Prairieville. Milton’s truck then collided with Brouillette’s car, and all three ended up off the highway, troopers reported.
Claiborne and Milton suffered moderate injuries and were transported to hospitals, but Brouillette was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.