Columbia Falls Man Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Crash

By Beacon Staff

A 27-year-old Columbia Falls man accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a Eureka woman has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide while under the influence and criminal endangerment.

Tyrone Stallcup entered his plea in District Court in Kalispell on Thursday for the Feb. 12 death of 19-year-old Lakeisha Dawn Thibault (TEE’-bow).

Prosecutors say Stallcup was driving his pickup on U.S. Highway 2 near Columbia Falls and sideswiped Thibault’s car as he tried to pass it, causing both vehicles to roll into a ditch. Both were thrown from their vehicles.

Prosecutors have said Stallcup had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.27.

Stallcup has been under formal house arrest since Feb. 18. He must wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet and there can be not alcohol in his house.

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