A former Vermilion Parish Sheriff's deputy died in a car crash over the weekend at the hands of an accused drunk driver.
According to state police, Kade Abshire of Kaplan was driving north on LA Highway 35 when he drove off the ride side of the road in the middle of a curve and overturned his vehicle...
Both Abshire, and his passenger 23-year-old Pete Johnson of Kaplan were not wearing their seatbelt. Troopers say that Abshire was allegedly drunk at the time of the crash...
Abshire received minor injuries, but Johnson was pronounced dead by the Vermilion Parish Coroner. Abshire is charged with DUI and vehicular homicide.
The crash remains under investigation
An overturned vehicle was found south of Kaplan near LA 35 and Waldo Rd at 3:20 PM Saturday.
When Twenty three year old Kade Abshire, was driving north on LA 35 he entered a left curve and traveled off the right side of the road which caused his vehicle to overturn.
Abshire was ejected from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
The passenger in Abshire's vehicle, 23 year old Pete Johnson, was also not restrained and was pronounced dead by the Vermilion Parish Coroner.
Throughout the investigation, officials discovered that Abshire had been under the influence of alcohol.
After being released, Abshire was arrested for DWI 1st offense, vehicular homicide, careless operation and no seatbelt. Abshire's blood level was found to be twice the legal limit.