Bigfork Server Sentenced in Wake of Trooper’s Death

By Beacon Staff

A bowling ally manager has pleaded no contest to allowing the sale of alcohol after hours to a man who later died in a head-on crash with a Montana Highway Patrol trooper, who was also killed.

Forty-year-old Diane Pickavance on Friday was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, a $500 fine, and six months in the Flathead County Jail with all but 10 days suspended.

Pickavance was convicted of allowing bartender Nathan Hale to sell alcohol after-hours to Travis Vandersloot at Pick’s Bowling Center in Bigfork on March 23, 2009. The 29-year-old Vandersloot, who had 13 drinks over 3 1/2 hours, later crashed his vehicle into a car driven by 28-year-old Trooper Michael Haynes.

Hale is charged with negligent endangerment, selling alcohol after hours and selling alcohol to an intoxicated customer.

His trial is scheduled for June 30.

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