Nov 30, 2015 5:47 PM by News Staff
The friends and family of a Paradise woman killed in a suspected DUI crash early Thursday morning have erected a memorial at the crash site.
The death of 23-year-old Darien Rayne Ehorn has been overshadowed by the “accidental” shooting of DUI suspect, Andrew Nicholas Thomas, 26.
Ehorn was killed following a police pursuit, during which she was ejected from an SUV driven by Thomas.
The crash followed a chase that started early Thursday morning when Thomas allegedly sped out of a local bar without his headlights on.
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey says Officer Patrick Feaster was in pursuit of the SUV when it crashed. Feaster saw Ehorn ejected from the car, and as he moved to her side, he spotted Thomas attempting to crawl out of the car.
Feaster, a five-year veteran of the Paradise Police Department, drew his gun and according to Ramsey, accidentally fired one shot at Thomas. Thomas was struck by the shot and is in stable condition at Enloe Medical Center. He is facing a charge of vehicular manslaughter.
Ramsey says dash cam video supports Feaster’s account of an accidental shooting, but the investigation is ongoing. Feaster has been placed on paid administrative leave.