Thursday, October 8, 2009

Barkus charged; details include Dewars, red wine, broken speedometer

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 4:20 AM

After reviewing the documents released today by Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan, here are the details behind the three felony charges against state Sen. Greg Barkus:


(All taken directly from court documents.)

The boat was not equipped with a spotlight or other lighting to illuminate its path.

According to [passenger Kristin Smith], at one point during the trip the Defendant appeared to be confused about their direction of travel—"I think I'm turned around"—and believed they were heading towards the river rather than Bigfork. At that time, he made a "big" course correction to the right.

Ms. Smith believed they were traveling at approximately 40 mph at one point.

The speedometer appeared to be broken, but [Smith] recalled the engine being run at 4000 rpm


We were definitely heading, like, full speed straight forward

The dinner tab and waitress indicate [Barkus] had two such drinks (Dewars)


So I saw him—he was basically drinking, at least what I saw, red wine for the rest of the night.

Analysis of those blood samples resulted in BACs of .16 approximately one hour and 45 minutes after the accident (hospital sample) and .12 approximately four hours after the accident (FWP sample).

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