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Man suspected of drunken driving Friday also charged with unlawfully carrying a handgun

By Jessica Priest
May 20, 2013 at 12:20 a.m.
Updated May 21, 2013 at 12:21 a.m.


A 30-year-old Victoria man suspected of drunken driving on Main Street on Friday night is also charged with unlawfully carrying a handgun by license holder, according to the Victoria County Sheriff's reports.

Police arrested John Ausbon Florida on suspicion of manslaughter and intoxication manslaughter after his black Ford F-150 hit a green Chevrolet suburban. The driver, Paula Nersesian, later died from her injuries.

The 64-year-old had a green light and was crossing the Mockingbird Lane intersection about 10 p.m., police said Friday.

Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler said Monday that an analysis of Florida's blood alcohol content had not yet come back from the lab.

Lt. Michael Beyer of the Victoria Police Department said Monday night that Florida had a semi-automatic pistol in his Ford F-150.

It is a class A misdemeanor to carry under the concealed handgun statute while one is intoxicated, although the legislature does not define what intoxication is. One can receive up to a year in jail or a maximum fine of $2,000 if convicted of the offense, Beyer said.

Both manslaughter and intoxication manslaughter, meanwhile, are second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison with a possible $10,000 fine, according to the Texas Penal Code.

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