Kalispell Woman Gets Five Years for Crash That Injured Seven

By Beacon Staff

A 29-year-old Kalispell woman accused of driving drunk and causing a three-vehicle crash that injured seven people has been sentenced to five years under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections.

Rebecca Sliter pleaded guilty in December to negligent vehicular assault for the June 27 crash on U.S. Highway 2 near Kalispell. She had a blood-alcohol level of 0.36 percent — more than four times the legal limit — when she tried to make a U-turn across two lanes of the highway.

Seven people, including Sliter, suffered minor to serious injuries in the crash.

During Thursday’s hearing, District Judge Ted Lympus followed the prosecution’s sentence recommendation.

Criminal endangerment charges against Sliter were dropped in exchange for her guilty plea, and prosecutors recommended that she participate in an alcohol treatment program before moving to a prerelease center.

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