Grinnell man pleads guilty to ’08 vehicular homicide
More than four years after being involved in a crash that fatally injured his passenger, a Grinnell man pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of vehicular homicide, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Lee Allen Breuer, 53, initially faced a Class B felony-level vehicular homicide charge as the result of an automobile crash Nov. 9, 2008, near Oakland Acres. Then-Jasper County deputy sheriff Lt. Denny Stevenson came upon the scene in the 13000 block of Highway 6 East at 1:24 a.m. that morning and discovered Breuer, who had been driving, attempting to assist his passenger, 48-year-old Ceann Viola Bailey of Grinnell, out of the overturned vehicle.
According to court documents, as Stevenson rendered assistance, he detected an odor of alcohol coming from Breuer, who he further observed was unsteady on his feet. Stevenson also observed a number of beer cans lying in and around the car.
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