Scott County

Scott grand jury indicts Lexington woman on manslaughter, drunken driving charges

GEORGETOWN — A Scott County grand jury has indicted a Lexington woman on charges of manslaughter and drunken driving in an April 2013 crash in Scott County that killed a Lexington man.

Carolyn Breunig, 25, was arrested in August on charges of second-degree manslaughter and second-offense driving under the influence in the death of Seth Gibson.

The crash happened on April 8, 2013, on South Weisenberger Mill Road when a Pontiac G5 struck a tree on the passenger side. Gibson died at the scene.

Breunig called 911 from a nearby house. She was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with injuries.

Initially, Breunig admitted to a deputy sheriff that she had been drinking and that she drove the vehicle. But she also said that about a mile after leaving her home, an unidentified man got into drive the vehicle, according to an account filed in court and written by Capt. Jearl Porter of the Scott County sheriff's office. Breunig said at the time that she didn't know the man's name.

Porter, though, cited evidence that he said places her in the driver's seat: Breunig's shoes were found on the driver's side of the floorboard of the vehicle, her DNA was found on the driver's side of the windshield, and her injuries were consistent with the damage seen on the driver's side.

A test of her blood, authorized by a search warrant, showed that Breunig's blood-alcohol content was 0.186. In Kentucky, a driver with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or higher is considered drunk.

She was charged with second-offense DUI because she had a 2012 drunken-driving conviction in Fayette County, the indictment said.

Breunig is scheduled to be arraigned Monday before Scott Circuit Judge Rob Johnson.