ATV driver accused of being on drugs in deadly wreck
GREENWELL SPRINGS - Sheriff's investigators said Monday that toxicology tests showed a woman had several drugs in her system when she was driving an ATV which flipped and killed one of several children riding with her earlier this year.
Deputies charged 35-year-old Jodie Easley on Monday with driving while intoxicated, vehicular negligent homicide, vehicle negligent injuring, and careless operation of a vehicle.
According to her arrest records, Easley was driving an ATV with six children on it back in February along Keystone Avenue in Greenwell Springs. Deputies said Easley lost control of the ATV which threw its passengers free before flipping onto one of the children, 6-year-old Kohen Kleinpeter, and killing him. The wreck also injured Kleinpeter's sister.
At the time deputies said Easley told them one of the children grabbed the wheel of the ATV which caused her to lose control. Investigators said they were told Easley had left a birthday party, and was seen drinking a glass of wine about an hour before the wreck. Blood tests showed in March she had a blood alcohol level of 0.05, but further tests showed recently that she had several drugs in her system: amphetamines, buprenorphine, and norbuprenorphine.
A warrant for Easley's arrest was issued on Sept. 24. She was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail Monday and posted a $10,000 bond the same day.