Prosecutor drops felony charge in fatal crash

Accused of providing alcohol to 20-year-old who is suspected of driving drunk

Prosecutors on Wednesday dropped a felony charge against a Grand Junction man suspected of providing alcohol to an underage man involved in a drunken-driving accident that killed two people in February.

Jason Carley, 24, now faces a single misdemeanor count of providing alcohol to an underage person. A felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor was dropped as part of an amended complaint.

Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said prosecutors in his office got together to discuss the case and decided they had solid evidence that Carley gave alcohol to 20-year-old Derrick Maxfield but were less certain that he provided it to Maxfield’s 17-year-old girlfriend.

Maxfield rammed his speeding car into a truck at the intersection of Fifth Street and North Avenue on Feb. 28. The wreck killed 21-year-old Shandi Boetel and her 6-month-old daughter, Natalia Casiano. Police said Maxfield’s blood-alcohol content registered at 0.21, more than twice the legal adult limit.

According to court records, employees at a Patterson Road liquor store told police they sold a bottle of whiskey and a six-pack of wine cooler to Carley hours before the accident.

Carley later admitted to purchasing the alcohol for Maxfield.

Carley will return to court April 24.


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