CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – A Somerset man accused of causing a deadly crash while driving drunk entered a plea of nolo contendere during a hearing at Providence Superior Court Tuesday.
Prosecutors said Brandon Borge was trying to elude Warwick police in April 2012 when he lost control of his girlfriend’s SUV. The vehicle slammed into a concrete bridge on Oaklawn Ave. and burst into flames.
His girlfriend, Barbara Ellis of Attleboro, was a passenger in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Borge also suffered serious injuries.
The judge accepted Borge’s no contest plea during Tuesday’s hearing and set sentencing for July 8.
Warwick police said they were attempting to pull Borge over because he was driving erratically at speeds of more than 90 mph. The officers involved were cleared of any wrongdoing in the crash in 2013.
At the time of the crash, police said Borge was driving on a suspended license and had a warrant out of Florida for violating probation on two previous DUI incidents.