Man Who Killed Somers Teacher Charged with Drug Possession

Jason DeShazer was convicted of vehicular homicide in 2007

By Justin Franz

A Kalispell man who was convicted of vehicular homicide after killing a popular Somers Middle School teacher in 2006 has been arrested on drug charges.

Jason DeShazer, 32, made an initial appearance in Lake County Justice Court on Sept. 14 on charges of criminal possession of drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held on $10,000 bond and will only be able to leave jail if he agrees to wear a drug-monitoring patch. The case will be transferred to district court this week and a date for arraignment will be set.

On Oct. 26, 2006, DeShazer was drunk behind the wheel of a vehicle when he crossed the centerline on Montana Highway 82 near the Flathead Waterfowl Production Area and crashed head on into a Subaru driven by Dawn Bowker, according to court documents. Bowker, a sixth grade teacher at Somers Middle School, died in the crash.

DeShazer pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in 2007 and was sentenced to 20 years at Montana State Prison with 10 years suspended. DeShazer was released on parole after 3 and a half years.

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