Police: Driver had .15 blood alcohol concentration in deadly crash

(Provided Photo/Howard County Sheriff's Department)

HOWARD COUNTY (WISH) – A criminal investigation resulted in the arrest of 26-year-old Casie Johnson for operating a vehicle while causing death with a blood alcohol level of .15.

On May 2 around 2:20 a.m. a single vehicle crash took place near 3492 West Howard County Road 500 South. The crash caused the death of 22-year-old Travis Maier.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the 1996 Honda Accord was heading westbound on County Road 500 South. The vehicle went off the roadway and struck a utility pole for an unknown reason. Travis Maier, 22, Blayne Forrester, 22, and Johnson were the occupants of the vehicle.

Maier was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. Johnson and Forrester had non-life threatening injuries from the crash.

Police eliminated Maier as the driver of the car, but could not immediately eliminate Johnson and Forrester. The airbags from the vehicle were tested for DNA. It was determined that DNA from the driver’s side airbag matched Johnson’s DNA.

Police were also able to determine that Johnson’s blood alcohol concentration was .16 when the crash occurred.

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