Single car accident in September leads to court charges

The State of Montana filed an Information accusing Tanner Wesley Eggers of one felony and four misdemeanors on Nov. 14, following an investigation pertaining to a single car accident that happened near Twin Bridges in September.

According to the state’s investigation and an Affidavit in Support of Motion for Leave to File an Information, on Sept. 8, 2013, a little after three in the morning Eggers was allegedly driving a truck on the Melrose-Twin Bridges cutoff road seven miles west of Twin Bridges with four passengers—three in the truck’s single cab and one in the truck bed.

According to the filed Information, Michael Pfertsh, 19-year-old Twin Bridges graduate, was riding in the bed of the truck without any kind of restraint when the vehicle slid off the side of the road, rolled three quarters of a complete roll and came to a rest on the driver’s side, ejecting Pfertsh from the truck bed and pinning him under the vehicle. Though Eggers attempted to resuscitate Pfertsh, he was unsuccessful, according to a statement from Madison County Deputy Clay Garrison, the first law enforcement officer on the scene.

Chris Christensen, Madison County Attorney brought the charges against Eggers to the court for the State of Montana, filing an Affidavit in Support of Motion for Leave to File an Information on Nov. 6 and an Information listing charges on Nov. 14. Eggers is charged with one count of Vehicular Homicide While Under the Influence–a felony; three counts of Negligent Endangerment—misdemeanors; and a misdemeanor for being in violation of the Montana Seatbelt Use Act (Seatbelt Violation).

According to the filed Information, the maximum penalty for vehicular homicide while under the influence is imprisonment in a state prison for a term not to exceed 30 years or a fine in an amount not to exceed $50,000 or both. For the three counts of negligent endangerment, the maximum penalty for a person convicted is imprisonment in county jail for a term not to exceed one year, a fine in an amount not to exceed $1,000, or both. Maximum punishment provided by law for a Seatbelt Violation is a fine of $20.

Eggers is to make an initial appearance before the court on Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. in Virginia City.

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