Bar Manager Accused of Violating Suspended Sentence

By Beacon Staff

A Bigfork bar manager is accused of violating the conditions of the six-month suspended sentence she received for allowing alcohol to be served after hours to a man who died in a head-on crash with a Montana Highway Patrol trooper.

Diane Pickavance, 40, was arrested Tuesday after the Flathead County attorney’s office filed a petition to revoke her suspended sentence. Court records say a deputy spotted her drinking alcohol at a bar on June 21 — just over two weeks after she had been sentenced. A breath test found her blood-alcohol level to be 0.174.

She appeared before the justice of the peace and was released on conditions pending her next court appearance on July 13.

Pickavance pleaded no contest on June 4 to allowing the after-hours sale of alcohol to a co-worker on March 23, 2009. Shortly after Travis Vandersloot left the bar, he was involved in a head-on crash that killed him and fatally injured Trooper Michael Haynes.

She was given a six-month jail sentence with all but 10 days suspended and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. She also was fined $500 and prohibited from consuming or possessing alcohol during those six months.

Three years ago, Pickavance, who went by Diane Hayes, pleaded guilty and was fined for serving alcohol at North Shore Bowling Center in Bigfork while the business was closed and allowing people to consume alcohol after 2 a.m., the Daily Inter Lake reported.

There was no Bigfork-area phone listing for Pickavance.

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