Bigfork Bar Manager Sentenced for Violating Suspended Sentence

By Beacon Staff

A Bigfork bar manager accused of allowing alcohol to be served after hours to a man who died in a head-on crash with a Montana Highway Patrol trooper has pleaded guilty to violating the conditions of her parole.

Diane Pickavance pleaded no contest June 4 to allowing the after-hours sale of alcohol to a co-worker on March 23, 2009. Shortly after 29-year-old Travis Vandersloot left the bar, he was killed in a head-on crash that also left Trooper Michael Haynes dead. Vandersloot had consumed 13 alcoholic drinks.

Pickavance was given a six-month jail sentence with all but 10 days suspended and was prohibited from consuming or possessing alcohol during that time. But she was arrested just over two weeks after her sentence when a deputy saw her drinking at a bar. Her blood-alcohol level was 0.174 percent.

KECI-TV says she pleaded guilty Friday to the parole violation and will serve 29 days in jail.