Man pleads not guilty to fatal DUI crash that killed bicyclist in Carlsbad

The Aug. 15 crash on Carlsbad Boulevard killed 68-year-old Solana Beach resident Brad Allen Catcott


A man accused of crashing his motorcycle into a bicyclist, fatally inuring him, while leading a California State Parks officer on a pursuit pleaded not guilty Tuesday, Oct. 11, to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and other charges.

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Eric Monte Burns, 29, is accused in the Aug. 15 crash that killed Brad Allen Catcott, 68, of Solana Beach. Burns and his passenger, a 22-year-old woman, suffered serious injuries in the crash.

Carlsbad police said the afternoon chase began when a state parks officer tried to stop a motorcyclist on suspicion of speeding and reckless driving. The motorcyclist headed north on Carlsbad Boulevard and crashed into Catcott, killing him at the scene.

In addition to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, Burns was charged in San Diego Superior Court with evading an officer causing serious bodily injury, DUI causing injury and allegations of causing great bodily injury to both Catcott and his passenger.

County jail records show Burns was being held in county jail without bail after the Oct. 11 arraignment in Vista Superior Court.