Second man arrested in crash that killed two
Police say he gave alcohol to minor
Police have arrested a Grand Junction man for allegedly providing alcohol to an underage man charged with killing two people in a drunken-driving accident last month.
Jason Roy Carley, 24, 2901 Dawn Drive, No. 4, was taken into custody at his home Thursday night for investigation of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a felony, and providing alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor.
Police allege Carley purchased alcohol for 20-year-old Derrick Maxfield hours before Maxfield sped away from officers, ran a series of red lights and slammed his Honda Civic into a pickup at the intersection of Fifth Street and North Avenue. Two people in the truck, 21-year-old Shandi Boetel and her 6-month-old daughter, Natalia Casiano, were killed. The driver, Luis Casiano, Boetel’s common-law husband and Natalia’s father, was seriously hurt.
According a search warrant affidavit, Maxfield told police he had been playing a beer-drinking game at the home of a friend, Richard “Rico” Gallegos, and he got into a fight with his girlfriend and was told to leave. Maxfield confessed to taking a bottle of Crown Royal whiskey and a six-pack of Jack Daniels wine coolers to the party and drinking a beer and two shots of whiskey while there.
According to Carley’s arrest affidavit, Maxfield’s girlfriend told police she and Maxfield had driven from Parachute to Grand Junction on the afternoon of Feb. 28 to watch the Grand Valley High School boys’ basketball team play a game. Maxfield was a former star running back for the high school.
She told police they picked up her brother, Carley, after the game and took him to Safeway on Patterson Road between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. to cash his check. She said they then drove Carley back to his home, ate at McDonald’s in Clifton and headed to Gallegos’ home, the affidavit said.
Gallegos admitted to police he hosted a party but denied supplying alcohol.
Based on the fact Maxfield and his girlfriend gave Carley a ride just before the party, police contacted employees of All Pro Liquor next to Safeway. The liquor store owner confirmed employees sold a bottle of Crown Royal whiskey and a six-pack of Jack Daniels wine cooler to someone just after 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 28, the affidavit said.
Police confronted Carley, who initially denied buying the alcohol before admitting he had purchased it for Maxfield, the affidavit said.
Authorities said Maxfield’s blood-alcohol level was 0.21 percent, more than 2 1/2 times the legal limit.
“We are committed to finding the adult suppliers of alcohol to minors, and we will be charging them to the full extent of the law,” Grand Junction Police Chief Bill Gardner said.
Appearing in court Friday via video feed from the Mesa County Jail, Carley asked for a personal-recognizance bond, saying he didn’t want to lose his job and that he has a 2 1/2-year-old daughter to care for. But County Judge Gretchen Larson, noting that Carley is on probation for a 2008 third-degree-assault conviction, instead ordered him held on a $7,500 secured bond.
Prosecutors are expected to formally file charges March 18.