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Wyoming man accused of automobile homicide may have been under influence

Published December 29, 2012 1:01 am

Man allegedly told police he drank beers, smoked marijuana before fatal crash.
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A 28-year-old Wyoming man charged with automobile homicide may have been under the influence of alcohol and marijuana at the time of the crash, according to court documents.

Jacob C. Jensen, of Boulder, Wyo., was driving south on State Road 202 about 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 2 when he lost control of his Jeep Grand Cherokee rounding a turn near the intersection of State Road 201, Utah Highway Patrol troopers said shortly after the accident.

The SUV swerved into the northbound lanes, rolled and partially ejected 22-year-old Joshua J. Wallace from the back of the vehicle, troopers said. Wallace was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jensen told investigators that he and Wallace had just come from a concert, where he had consumed four or five beers, and that he had smoked marijuana "all day," according to charging documents.

Troopers detected a strong scent of alcohol on Jensen at the time of his arrest, and his speech was slurred, the document states. In a subsequent search of the SUV, troopers found a quarter pound of marijuana, which Jensen later claimed as his.

Jensen has been charged with automobile homicide, which carries the possibility of up to five years in prison, and possession of a controlled substance and failure to stay in one lane, which could amount to a year and three months in jail.

Jensen, who remains in Salt Lake County jail in lieu of $250,000 bond, will appear before 3rd District Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills on Jan. 14.

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