- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont police office suspended after a drunken driving charge is expected to face more serious charges now that one victim of the crash has died.

St. Albans police tell the Burlington Free Press https://bfpne.ws/1VhXVft that 74-year-old Omer Martin of St. Albans died Saturday at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Police said suspended Burlington police officer Leanne Werner now faces more serious charges when she appears in court Monday.

Authorities say the 30-year-old Werner crossed the crossed line on Lower Newton Road in St. Albans July 12 and struck the car driven by Martin. His wife, 73-year-old Jane Martin, was injured.

Werner, of St. Albans, was off-duty at the time of the 5:15 p.m. crash. She was suspended from the force shortly after the crash.

Burlington Deputy Chief Jannine Wright said Sunday continues to be on paid administrative leave. She said the department is conducting its own internal investigation of the crash.

Werner joined the department in 2011.

Werner was initially ordered to appear in court Monday on charges of DUI and gross negligent operation.

St. Albans police chief Gary Taylor said Werner’s blood-alcohol content was .081. A driver in Vermont is considered impaired at 0.08 percent.

The newspaper reports that efforts to reach Werner since the crash have been unsuccessful. It is not known at this time whether she has a lawyer.

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