Report: Man had 5 shots before crash

A 21-year-old Fruita man accused of killing his friend in a drunken-driving crash early Sunday morning had been partying at the Cactus Canyon nightclub, where he had about five shots of alcohol in about 30 minutes, according to an affidavit released Tuesday.

Jesse O. Reed, who was in Mesa County Jail on Tuesday afternoon facing charges of vehicular homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol, told police he drank about six cans of beer at his home before leaving to go to the bar.

Reed is accused of killing his friend, 23-year-old John Fullmer IV, who was ejected through the windshield when Reed’s car crashed into a light pole at the intersection of Highway 6&50 and 24 3/4 Road around 2 a.m.

Fullmer was dead when officers from the Grand Junction Police Department arrived at the accident scene at 2:12 a.m., police said. Fullmer’s family said he was a coach with the Mesa County Junior Football Association.

Reed was handed a $15,000 co-signed, personal-recognizance bond Tuesday in court.

Reed’s attorney, David Eisner, requested a low bond because Reed was an exemplary student in high school, serving as class president as a senior and head boy in other years of high school.

“That’s the kind of person we’re talking about,” Eisner said. “This is a tragic situation. It’s a tragic accident that one of them was killed.”

Eisner said Reed’s family goes way back in local history, that Reed’s great-great-grandfather homesteaded in the Delta area.

Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger requested a $20,000 bond, but Mesa County senior Judge Art Smith compromised, handing Reed the $15,000 bond.

Reed is prohibited from drinking alcohol as a condition of his bond.

Charles Troutman, 19, who was riding in the back seat of Reed’s car at the time of the crash, was cited on suspicion of being a minor in possession of alcohol.

An official from Cactus Canyon, 3210 Interstate 70 Business Loop, did not immediately return a call for this story.


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