Bozeman News

Jan 18, 2013 5:18 PM by Erin Schattauer - MTN News

Liquor store owner enters plea in drunken driving wreck

BOZEMAN - A Manhattan man accused of intoxicated driving the night he crashed on Interstate 90, killing his wife, has pleaded no contest to vehicular homicide while under the influence.

Michael Soule, who owns Belgrade Liquor, entered his plea to the charge in Gallatin County District Court earlier this week. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 25.

At around 2 a.m. on Jan. 25, 2012, officials were called to the scene of a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 near mile marker 304 between Bozeman and Belgrade. When a Montana Highway Patrol sergeant arrived, he found that Jennifer had been ejected from the vehicle and her body was lying about 27 feet from the pickup truck.

Michael Soule was also ejected from the vehicle during the crash and was taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Hospital records showed that he had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .231 and tested positive for cocaine and THC.

"We got drunk," Michael reportedly told a paramedic on his way to the hospital, court papers state.

The couple was reportedly on their way home from a Gallatin County Tavern Association dinner.

A trooper determined that the pickup was traveling at speeds up to 103 miles per hour before it struck a guardrail, rolling and ejecting Jennifer from the sunroof, court papers state. Officials determined that Michael was ejected from the driver's side.

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