Bond revoked for EMT charged with intoxication manslaughter


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

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Posted on September 17, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 12:30 PM

AUSTIN -- Former Emergency Medical Technician Terri Elmore is back in jail after court staff says she violated conditions of her pre-trial release.

KVUE News has learned Elmore violated a condition of her pre-trial release that restricted use of alcohol. During a 12-month period the interlock device on her car registered five uses of alcohol.

Travis County prosecutors filed a felony complaint of intoxication manslaughter against Elmore earlier this month.

Elmore’s attorney says mouthwash is to blame for his clients arrest. He says her interlock device tested positive for alcohol  five separate times since June of last year, the most recent being in May.

Pastor Greg Van Court with Dayspring Fellowship Church isn’t buying it.

“Five times in a year with mouthwash? That sounds to me like a dog ate my homework kind of an excuse,” Van Court says.

Elmore, 41, was indicted on two counts of intoxication manslaughter earlier this month related to an accident in November of 2011 that killed Dayspring Fellowship Church Pastor Jackson Boyett and his wife.

“The fact that she was in such a terrible accident that took two lives based on her drunkenness would have already led her to take ownership of what she has done and to start changing her ways,” Van Court said.

Police say Elmore hit the couple head on. According to the felony complaint, Elmore’s blood alcohol content was .20.

Church members feared Elmore would walk away with a slap on the wrist. They now believe the paramedic will have her day in court sometime early next year.

“I think the lesson is, life is precious and we need to protect it and we need to enforce the laws that we have to punish felony intoxication related charges that take the lives, innocent lives of the people of our community,” Van Court said.