Kalispell Woman Pleads Not Guilty in DUI Crash

By Beacon Staff

A 29-year-old Kalispell woman has pleaded not guilty to driving drunk and causing a three-vehicle crash that injured seven people.

Rebecca Sliter pleaded not guilty in District Court on Thursday to negligent vehicular assault and criminal endangerment, both felonies.

Prosecutors allege Sliter had a blood-alcohol level of .36 — more than four times the legal limit — on June 27 when she tried to make a U-turn across two lanes of U.S. Highway 2 near Kalispell.

The Montana Highway Patrol said Sliter was northbound when she tried to turn around from the right shoulder of the northbound lanes. As she crossed the northbound lanes, her car was struck by a northbound SUV. The driver of the SUV lost control and went into the center turn lane, where he collided head-on with a southbound car whose driver had swerved to avoid the wreck.

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