Lawyer: 'Melrose' actress chased before NJ crash

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Associated Press

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 4 at 12:01 PM

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) — A lawyer for an actress who appeared on TV's "Melrose Place" says the woman was being chased by another driver minutes before a crash that left one person dead.

Amy Locane-Bovenizer's trial on aggravated manslaughter and assault by auto charges began Thursday. She faces 10 to 30 years in prison if convicted.

The Star-Ledger reports (http://bit.ly/UiLgMB) that attorney Blair Zwillman told a Somerville jury that Locane-Bovenizer was pursued for 4 miles by a woman whose car she had rear-ended. He says the woman honked her horn and flashed her lights, causing Locane-Bovenizer to drive well over the speed limit.

The chase ended when the actress slammed into a vehicle pulling into a driveway. One person was killed and another injured.

Assistant prosecutor Matthew Murphy says Locane-Bovenizer's intoxication caused the crash.

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Information from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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