Suspect in Esplanade Ave. hit-and-run deaths nearly 3 times over legal intoxication limit, says report

March 19, 2019 - 7:06 pm

Tashonty Toney, the man accused in the March 2 hit-and-run on Esplanade Ave. that killed two cyclists and injured seven other people, was two to three times over the legal limit for blood-alcohol content, according to court records obtained by The New Orleans Advocate.

Toney declined a breathalyzer test on the scene, requiring authorities to get a warrant to obtain a blood sample. The sample they obtained tested 0.14 blood-alcohol content. Because that sample was taken hours after the crash, investigators estimate that means Toney's BAC could have been around 0.215.

The legal threshold for intoxication is 0.08.

Cops say Toney crashed into a large group of cyclists between the 3200 and 3400 blocks of Esplanade Ave. the night of March 2, and attempted to leave the scene before crashing and stopping in the 2900 block.

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