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Ex-MR man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

A former Maiden Rock man pled guilty Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court to vehicular homicide by use of a controlled substance.

Jeffrey Carlisle, 29, St. Paul, also pled guilty to reckless driving to cause great bodily harm. He will be sentenced on those charges at 1 p.m. Monday, March 9.

The charges stem from an April 2007 incident in which Carlisle was involved in a multi-vehicle accident that killed Michele A. Bevier, 42, Prescott.

According to the criminal complaint, which was filed in October 2007, Carlisle was driving a 2002 Cadillac Escalade on Hwy. 35 in the Town of Oak Grove when his vehicle struck a 2005 Volvo head-on that was driven by Bevier, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, Dana Laird, 44, was a passenger.

Both Carlisle and Laird were transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. In their reports, Pierce County Sheriff's deputies stated they couldn't smell any intoxicants coming from Carlisle, but found out two days later a toxicology screen showed he had cocaine and opiates in his blood. That was also confirmed by the Wisconsin State Patrol, who found Carlisle had cocaine metabolite, methadone, methadone metabolite and hydrocodone in his bloodstream.

For more please read the Jan. 7 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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