Driver in 3-car accident arrested; had blood-alcohol level 3 times the legal limit – Helena Independent Record

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The woman who authorities say caused a three-car accident on North Montana Avenue on Wednesday was arrested Friday afternoon and faces three charges in the incident.

Ashley Elizabeth Binion-Risner, 27, of Helena, is charged with felony criminal endangerment and two counts of negligent vehicular assault in the wreck that sent her and three others to St. Peter’s Hospital.

A Montana Highway Patrol trooper said Wednesday that the initial investigation showed a blood-alcohol level of three times the legal limit.

Binion-Risner was driving a Dodge Neon northbound on North Montana at about 5:20 p.m. and turned left toward the Helena Campground and RV Park, just before the intersection with Sierra Road.

She hit with a pickup truck and caused it to hit with a third vehicle, according to a court affidavit.

It took half an hour to remove the driver of the pickup, a trooper said.

When a trooper immobilized Binion-Risner’s head to transport her to the hospital, he noticed the smell of alcohol. She refused to give a breath sample and instead had blood drawn at the hospital, according to the affidavit.

She is scheduled to appear in Justice Court on Monday.

The names and conditions of the other drivers were not released.

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