Report: Police arrest 16-year-old in crash that killed Rod, Paula Bramblett
The Auburn Police Division has made an arrest in the two-vehicle crash that killed Auburn broadcaster Rod Bramblett and his wife Paula.
Johnston Edward Taylor, the 16-year-old driver, has been arrested and charged as an adult, according to WBRC.com. He was arrested on warrants charging him with two counts of manslaughter. An ongoing investigation revealed marijuana in Taylor’s system and excessive speeding. According to the report citing Auburn police, Taylor’s vehicle was traveling well over the posted 55 mph on Shug Jordan Parkway.
“Additionally, on July 1, 2019, the Auburn Police Division received the Toxicological Analysis Report from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences confirming the presence of marijuana in Taylor’s system,” Auburn police stated in a news release.
Initially, the 16-year-old responsible reportedly told authorities that he fell asleep behind the wheel of his Jeep Laredo before slamming into the back of the Bramblett’s Toyota Highlander. Police initially ruled out the use of a cell phone or alcohol as the cause of the accident.
Taylor was arrested at his home Monday and was taken to the Lee County Jail on a $50,000 bond.