CARIBOU (AP) – A 42-year-old Ashland woman will spend 20 months in prison for striking and killing her fiance with her car after a night out at a local bar.

Prosecutors said last week that Lauren Burke pleaded guilty to aggravated drunken driving in the death of 48-year-old George Tozier Sr. of Ashland. As part of the plea agreement, a manslaughter charge was dropped.

Burke was sentenced to eight years in prison with all but 20 months suspended, and had her driver’s license suspended for 10 years.

Police said Burke drove her car into Tozier at 2 a.m. in February 2007 while he was walking home from a bar where the couple had been drinking.

Police later found Burke in a nearby home under some blankets on a couch. She told police she couldn’t remember the accident or how she got in the home.


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