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20-years for driver in death of Carnival float driver

7 years 3 weeks 1 day ago Wednesday, May 11 2016 May 11, 2016 May 11, 2016 10:22 AM May 11, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

GRETNA - A Gretna man received a 20-year prison sentence for a drunk-driving accident that killed a Westwego man.

A Jefferson Parish District Attorney's news release said the sentence was handed down Tuesday for 56-year-old Michael Burrle.

Burrle had pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide.

The victim was 53-year-old Don Dauzat. The collision happened on Feb. 7, 2015. Dauzat was among a convoy of tractors that had just towed some Mardi Gras floats to a storage area after a parade the previous night.

Prosecutors said Burrle, driving an SUV, ran a red light and collided with Dauzat's tractor.

The news release said Burrle's blood-alcohol level was .12 percent - 50 percent above the .08 percent considered proof of intoxication.

Dauzat was among the drivers who pulled floats in Jefferson's Krewe of Excalibur parade.

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