ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque Police Department sergeant involved in a crash that killed a woman has been charged with vehicular homicide.
The criminal complaint against Sgt. Adam Casaus was hand-delivered to the District Attorney's Office Tuesday, according to a statement released early in the afternoon by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department, which investigated the Feb. 10 crash.
The sheriff's department declined to comment further, and APD, Mayor Richard J. Berry's office and the DA's office all declined requests for interviews.
Investigators earlier said Casaus had activated his emergency lights but not his siren and claimed to be trying to catch up to a suspected drunken driver on Paseo del Norte NW that night at about 1:30 a.m., more than three hours after he got off duty.
The criminal complaint filed Tuesday quotes witnesses as saying Casaus did not slow down for a red light as he sped into the intersection at Eagle Ranch Road and broadsided a car driven by Lindsey Browder. She suffered serious injuries while her sister, Ashley Browder, died at the scene.
Casaus is charged with homicide by vehicle and great bodily harm by vehicle.
APD says Casaus has now been suspended with pay. If he's bound over for trial, he could be fired. The APD Internal Affairs unit has started its own investigation into the crash.
The Browder family could not be reached for comment.
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