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Billings woman admits charges in DUI crash that injured 10

Billings woman admits charges in DUI crash that injured 10

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A Billings woman who caused a two-vehicle crash after a night of drinking pleaded guilty to charges Friday in Yellowstone County District Court.

April Rose LaForge, 23, appeared before Judge Ingrid Gustafson and pleaded guilty to five counts of felony negligent vehicular assault for a drunken-driving crash July 24, 2011.

LaForge also admitted to two counts of misdemeanor negligent vehicular assault and one count of driving without insurance.

Two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge were dropped from the case as a result of a plea agreement.

Gustafson set a tentative sentencing date of July 2.

The crash happened at about 5 a.m. when LaForge drove a Jeep Cherokee through a stop sign at the intersection of Highway 312 and Pioneer Road, hitting a Pontiac G6.

The crash caused serious injuries to seven people, including three passengers in the Jeep and four occupants of the car. Two more people in the car, and one passenger in the Jeep, suffered less serious injuries. LaForge was also injured.

A passenger in the Jeep told investigators that the group had been out drinking at bars before the crash. Empty alcohol containers were found in the Jeep, and some of the passengers in that vehicle said they could not recall details of the crash due to their intoxication.

LaForge had a blood alcohol level of between 0.139 and 0.149 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08.

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