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Killer drunk driver violates probation

November 6, 2018

BRIDGEPORT - A Redding woman, convicted of driving drunk and causing the June 2009 crash that killed a Bridgeport woman and severely injured her adult son, has violated her probation.

Alexander Brown, 28, of Wagon Wheel Road, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti to violating her probation after a prosecutor said Brown has continually tested positive for alcohol use.

The judge will decide whether to put Brown back in prison when he sentences her on Jan. 28.

Brown’s lawyer, Eugene Riccio, declined comment.

In 2010, Brown, who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, driving under the influence and third-degree assault, was sentenced by Iannotti to 10 years, suspended after she serves four and a half years in prison and followed by five years’ probation.

Brown was accused of causing a three-car, chain-reaction crash in Stratford about 10:45 p.m. on June 4, 2009, that killed 57-year-old Prudence Soleck and severely injured her 33-year-old son, Mathew.

At the time Brown, who didn’t apply her brakes in the crash, was found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.28, three and a half times the legal limit of 0.08, police said.