Utah man has been charged with DUI and auto homicide

The passenger in the man’s car died after car rolled down a steep embankment.

The Salt Lake Tribune

A Beaver County man has been charged with driving under the influence and crashing his car, causing the death of a passenger.

Anthony Mickelson, 59, of Minersville, was charged in 5th District Court with automobile homicide and DUI, both third-degree felonies.

According to the charges, Mickelson rolled his car off a steep embankment on Pass Road about 6-8 miles east of Milford on Friday. When first responders arrived, they had to extricate the passenger, Ann Slabbert, from the car. She died as they were trying to move her to a helicopter to transport her to a hospital.

An officer from the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office said he “could smell the odor of alcohol coming from [Mickelson’s] breath,” and that his eyes were “glassy”; his speech was “slurred”; and his balance was “poor.” According to the officer, when he asked Mickelson what happened, he said he was “not going to lie, he said he consumed six, eight or 10 beers,” and that he was “driving down the road and came to this turn and did not make the turn.”

Mickelson was booked into the Beaver County jail, where he is being held without bail.