COVINGTON - A woman accused of driving drunk and causing an accident on the Causeway that took a man's life will not have her bond revoked, a St. Tammany Parish judge ruled Monday.
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Olivia Matte is currently out of jail after making a $126,000 bond requirement from Jefferson Parish. She faces counts of vehicular homicide, third-offense DWI, driving with a suspended license and other charges.
In a hearing last week to consider revocation of bond for the third offense, a judge required her to wear an alcohol monitor.
Monday a judge did not revoke the bond that stemmed from a previous DWI arrest, instead ordering that Matte be confined to her home between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Currently her license is suspended, but the judge ruled that if she gets it back, she will have to use an interlock device.
James Blackmond was killed in the March 23 accident. Police believe that the 27-year-old Matte was driving while intoxicated and slammed her vehicle into the back of Blackmond's car and forced it up on the railing. A large piece of the railing dislodged and went through a windshield, killing Blackmond.
That incident would be a violation of her bond from a second DWI case, which occurred in December. She will face trial in that case next month.