Police say driver was drunk, speeding at time of crash
MASON CITY (AP) — Mason City police say the driver of a sport utility vehicle was drunk and speeding in April when he crashed into a tree, killing himself and four passengers.
Police Chief Jeff Brinkley announced Monday that an autopsy shows the driver of the SUV had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of 0.08. Brinkley wouldn’t specify the alcohol level of Zachary Hartley, the 20-year-old driver.
Hartley and four others died in the April 10 crash.
Brinkley says the SUV was traveling at least 79 mph in a 30 mph zone at the time of the crash.
Besides Hartley, those killed were 17-year-old Donte Foster, 18-year-old Roderick Lewis, 14-year-old Sydney Alcorn and 19-year-old Alex Wiebke. All lived in Mason City.
Brinkley says no charges will be filed.