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Alcohol level of man charged in death of former U of L cheerleader doubled legal limit

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man charged with murder in the fatal drunken driving death of a former U of L cheerleader earlier this month had a blood-alcohol level "at least" twice the legal limit in Kentucky, according to court records.

Bradley Caraway, 34, is facing charges of murder, failure to stop and render aid and assistance, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants and driving without motor vehicle insurance in the death of 25-year-old Shanae Moorman.

Caraway was driving his 2014 Honda Accord at an "excessive speed" on I-64 while attempting to exit the ramp to I-265 at about 3 a.m. on Aug. 6 and "lost control of his vehicle," according to an accident report. He ran off the left shoulder and overturned, with the vehicle ending up upside down.

Moorman was thrown out of the vehicle and pinned underneath. Police say she had to be extricated by first responders and pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses who came upon the wreck did not see anyone besides Moorman. 

Caraway "fled the scene" and was seen by a police officer at about 6:45 a.m. walking on the ramp from I-265 southbound to Taylorsville Road without a shirt or shoes, according to records. He provided his driver's license, but refused to answer questions and asked for an attorney, according to 66 pages of evidence filed on Monday.

Police say Caraway smelled strongly of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated. He was taken to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Forensic examiner Dr. Bill Smock examined the scene, the vehicle, Moorman's autopsy and other records and determined Caraway was driving and had been wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck, according to court records. Moorman was not wearing a seat belt and was in the passenger seat, according to Smock. 

Smock also determined Caraway's alcohol level was "at least" twice the legal limit of 0.08 in Kentucky.   

The two had been at Gerstle's Place, a St. Matthews bar, before the wreck, according to credit card receipts from both.

A handwritten note in the records said Moorman gave her credit card to a friend to buy drinks. She did not sign for the drinks, according to the records.

Police obtained video from Gerstle's and a bar on Shelbyville Road from the night and morning of the wreck.

There were no interviews with anybody at the bars in the evidence released on Monday.

Caraway is scheduled to be back in Jefferson Circuit Court on Sept. 8. He has pleaded not guilty.

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