Police: Vehicular manslaughter suspect admitted drinking before crash

Andrew Ryan Cassell is charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of Aldina Ekic, a passenger in his car Friday.

kterhune@idahostatesman.comNovember 4, 2013 

Andrew Ryan Cassell

— The courtroom was packed during 25-year-old Andrew Ryan Cassell’s Monday arraignment on one count of vehicular manslaughter.

The Boise man, prosecutors said, admitted to police that he was drunk the night he slammed his car into a pole, killing his passenger.

Aldina Ekic, 21, died at the scene of the Friday crash on State Street in Garden City. Cassell was injured, and told police at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center that he had been drinking before getting behind the wheel, according to prosecutors. The officers also said he had glassy eyes and slurred speech during the interview.

Cassell was also wearing a wristband from a bar, according to prosecutors. A blood test registered his blood-alcohol content at .14, police said — above the legal limit to drive of .08.

Several people in the gallery began to cry as prosecutors addressed the judge. Cassell’s attorney asked the judge to set a low bond, stating that the man had family and other ties to the area and no prior cases of driving under the influence, violent crimes or missed court dates.

But prosecutors pointed to the suspect’s criminal history, which includes several counts of driving without a license, possession of drug paraphernalia, eluding an officer and racing on a public highway.

The judge set Cassell’s bond at $75,000. He is prohibited from drinking alcohol or driving while out on bond, and is due back in court Nov. 18.

Katie Terhune: 377-6219

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