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Woman pleads no contest to Hammond vehicular homicide

Woman pleads no contest to Hammond vehicular homicide
Posted: Jul 12, 2018
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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From District Attorney Scott Perrilloux

Amite- District Attorney Scott M. Perrilloux reports that 24-year-old Brooke Barrient pleaded no contest to vehicular homicide while under the influence of controlled dangerous substances.

On April 26, 2016, Hammond Police were dispatched to W. Thomas Street and N. Linden Street for a single vehicle accident. Upon arrival officers located a silver colored 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo that ran into a traffic light pole. Acadian Ambulance and Hammond City Fire arrived on scene and extricated two subjects from the vehicle. While in route to the hospital the male passenger, identified as Matthew Britt, succumbed to his injuries.

A blood sample was taken from the female driver identified as Brooke Barrient and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.

While on scene, officers located tire marks in the grass indicating that the vehicle left the roadway to the right at a slight angle and continued on this path until coming into contact with a fire hydrant then the traffic signal pole where the vehicle came to a final rest.

The fire hydrant had broken lose and was approximately 60 feet from its original location. The traffic light signal pole and concrete base had been moved about eight inches from the impact. There was no indication that Barrient attempted to stop or turn the vehicle to avoid the accident. Due to the damage caused to the vehicle from the impact with the traffic signal light pole, officers estimated that the vehicle was going approximately 70 MPH at the time of the crash. Neither the driver nor passenger was wearing seatbelts.

In October 2016, the Scientific Analysis Report from Louisiana State Police Crime Lab revealed that Barrient had methamphetamine and tetrahydrocannabinol in her system at the time of the crash. A warrant was issued for Barrient’s arrest for Vehicular Homicide. Barrient was arrested on December 22, 2016.

Brooke Barrient was sentenced to eight years with the department of corrections. She received credit for time served.

Assistant District Attorney Jennie Perkins represented the state; Judge Charlotte Foster handed down the sentence.