APD: Drunk driver charged in crash that killed his girlfriend


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A woman riding in a car with her boyfriend was killed last week after he allegedly drove drunk and ran a red light, crashing into two other vehicles.

A white Acura TL driven by 26-year-old Justin Dakota Ayers was going southbound on the Interstate 35 frontage road when it crashed into a black Nissan Altima going eastbound on Koenig Lane, Austin police said.

The force of the crash, which happened around 8:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, sent the Acura into a third vehicle, a white Ford Fusion.

Brianna Nicole Polzine, 24, a passenger in the Acura, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Just before the crash, a witness told police he saw a couple arguing inside the Acura, followed by the driver elbowing the woman in the face, according to police.

The witness then saw a woman identified as Polzine get pushed out of the car, but said she continued to hold onto the door frame.

Court documents show the witness saw Ayers run through the red light while Polzine was dragged alongside the car. The witness told officers that Polzine was then killed by the impact of the crash.

Ayers then got out of the driver’s seat and laid down in the grass, before walking away from the scene and telling the witness he couldn’t stay because of his long criminal history, court documents stated.

The witness stayed with the driver until police arrived. An officer noted that Ayers had watery, glassy and bloodshot eyes, as well as a strong odor of alcohol and marijuana. 

According to police, Ayers said he “ran to get away from her” and when asked how much he had to drink, replied, “Not enough.”

Officers also said Ayers appeared unconcerned about the crash that killed his girlfriend and instead hurled insults and profanity at the police.

Ayers was booked into the Travis County Jail the day after the crash and has been charged with intoxication manslaughter, intoxication assault and failure to stop and render aid. He remains in the jail as of Thursday afternoon with bond set at $400,000. 

Ayers has a criminal history that stretches back a decade, including arrests in Austin, Leander and Round Rock. 

The drivers of the Altima and Fusion were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Polzine’s father says she left behind a 6-year-old daughter. Her family plans to hold a funeral service Sunday.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit at 512-974-3761. 

A  woman in her 30s was killed Wednesday night in a crash in the intersection of eastbound Koenig Lane and the southbound Interstate 35 service road. 
Woman killed in crash on eastbound Koenig Lane at the southbound Interstate 35 service road on Aug. 22, 2018. (KXAN Photo)

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