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Area man facing 2 vehicular homicide charges

A Hager City man has been charged with three felony counts stemming from an April 22 accident that killed a Prescott woman and seriously injured her husband.

Jeffrey L. Carlisle, 28, W7622 163rd Ave., was charged last week with homicide by vehicle with use of controlled substance, homicide by negligent operation of vehicle and reckless driving causing great bodily harm--all felonies, and the misdemeanor charge of operating under the influence of a controlled substance that caused injury.

According to the criminal complaint filed last week, 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, driven by Michele A. Bevier, 42, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, Dana Laird, 44, was a passenger and suffered severe injuries. Both Carlisle and Laird were transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where they spent about a month before being released.

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.

Due to the severity of the accident, the Wisconsin State Patrol was requested to do a reconstruction at the scene. Based on the information gathered, what they found was Carlisle was traveling northbound on 35 as Bevier was heading southbound. Carlisle crossed over the center line as Bevier was approaching that point. She started to brake, but the vehicles collided in the southbound lane. Bevier rotated clockwise into a guardrail, while Carlisle came to rest in the southbound lane, facing north.

Furthermore, the state patrol found Carlisle was operating with cocaine metabolite, methadone and methadone metabolite, and hydrocodone in his blood at the time of the crash.

Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle said the DA's office was just awaiting the results of the reconstruction before anyone would have been charged, explaining the time between the accident and now.

The maximum penalty for the two homicide charges are $125,000, 35 years in prison or both.

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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