Man pleads guilty in DUI crash killing Wisconsin man

Man pleads guilty in DUI crash killing Wisconsin man

By the Associated Press. CREATED Oct 6, 2011

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- A 30-year-old man accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to criminal endangerment and vehicular homicide while under the influence.

Loren Spottedeagle appeared in District Court on Wednesday for the June 3 crash in Great Falls that killed 23-year-old Jason Jowett of Black River Falls, Wis. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 8.

Authorities say Spottedeagle had been drinking since noon the day he crashed his van into the back of a pickup that was stopped at a red light. Jowett was ejected from the truck and died the next day. Two passengers in Spottedeagle's vehicle also were injured, as was the driver of the pickup.

Spottedeagle, whose blood alcohol level was 0.30 percent, told the judge he drank about eight pitchers of beer before the crash.

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