APD officer charged with vehicular homicide in crash death (UPDATED)

Posted at: 03/26/2013 2:19 PM
Updated at: 03/26/2013 6:17 PM
By: KOB.com staff

Photo: Ashley Browder
Photo: Ashley Browder

The Bernalillo County Sheriff says APD Sergeant Adam Casaus will be charged with vehicular homicide (reckless), and great bodily injury by vehicle (reckless) in the Feb 10 car crash death of Ashley Browder.

Casaus had said he had been dispatched to chase down a drunken driver when he ran a red light and crashed into a car carrying Browder, killing her.

Initial inquires turned up no evidence that Casaus had been dispatched.

An investigation was turned over to the Bernalillo County Sheriff, who announced Tuesday that the case would be sent to the District Attorney.

UPDATE: Second Judicial District Attorney Kari Brandenburg has issued the following statement:

"Our office has carefully reviewed the circumstances surrounding the incident involving APD Sgt. Adam Casaus. It is our belief there is probable cause to move forward in a preliminary hearing, which may result in an information being filed. An information is similar to an indictment, and allows for a public hearing in district court.  At this time, the preliminary hearing is set for April 9th, 2013 at 9 am in front of District Court Judge Kenneth Martinez. This case is being handled by the Felony DWI Division of our office."

Read the statement of probable cause:

Complaint against APD Sgt. Adam Casaus

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