Posted: May 1, 2013 7:27 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
Updated: May 1, 2013 7:27 PM
HELENA - Ashley Binion, who admitted driving drunk and causing a major collision, pleaded guilty to amended charges on Wednesday.
The February crash caused the drivers of three other vehicles to swerve out of control and crash nearly head-on.
All of the drivers involved and one passenger sustained injuries.
Binion, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal endangerment and was given a three-year deferred sentence.
She was also sentenced to 30 days for two counts of negligent vehicular assault, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, and must write letters of apology to the victims.
Binion was ordered to pay restitution to the victims for their injuries and damages; the dollar amount has not yet been determined.
She is also required to have an ignition interlock device in any vehicle she drives.
Binion has two previous DUI's in the past five years.
(March 4, 2013) Ashley Elizabeth Binion-Risner, 27, appeared in Justice Court after being arrested last Friday afternoon, charged with felony criminal endangerment and two counts of negligent vehicular assault for reportedly causing a serious accident on North Montana Avenue last week.
According to investigation reports filed by the Montana Highway Patrol, Binion-Risner was the driver of a green passenger car which attempted to turn left in front of oncoming traffic, resulting in the three-car collision.
Binion-Risner was reportedly driving under the influence.
The crash happened shortly after 5:15 p.m on February 27th.
Both drivers of the other two trucks and a passenger were also taken to the hospital.
The driver of the first truck she hit is still in the hospital and listed in fair condition.
If she's convicted Binion-Risner, faces up to 10 years on the felony charge and one year for each of the misdemeanors.
She is currently in jail on a $25,000 bond.