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UPDATE: Trial ordered for Stanley man charged in fatal Clark County crash

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UPDATE:  A judge Wednesday ordered a trial for a 32-year-old Stanley man accused of  drunk driving in a fatal crash with a farm tractor, according to online court records.

Jacob Person is charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in the Oct. 13 crash near Withee that killed his passenger, 31-year-old Tasha Ley of Stanley.  Person's SUV slammed into a tractor pulling a manure spreader and rolled several times, investigators said.  

The crash happened when the tractor attempted to make a left turn and Person tried to pass it, the sheriff said. Ley and Person were not wearing seat belts. The tractor driver was not hurt.

The judge ruled prosecutors presented enough evidence against Person to justify the two felonies after two Clark County Sheriff's Department officers testified, court records said. Person is to enter pleas to the charges Feb. 7.


October, 2017
UPDATE (WQOW) 
- A 31-year-old Stanley man missing for several days following a fatal crash with a farm tractor appeared before a judge Friday after being charged with two felonies, according to online Clark County court records.

According to the criminal complaint, Jacob Person is being charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and driving with a suspended license which caused a death.

According to the sheriff's office, the crash happened in the Township of Hixon Friday morning. Authorities said a tractor was pulling a manure spreader on Bridge Road when it attempted to turn left. As it was turning, an SUV traveling behind the tractor, driven by Jacob Person, tried to pass the it. The SUV hit the front driver's side tire and rolled several times. His passenger, 31-year-old Tasha Ley, was ejected from the vehicle.

Person's initial court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 2. Cash bond is set at $10,000

The full criminal complaint can be found below:
 


Clark County (WQOW) - One person is dead after colliding with a tractor in Clark County.

According to the sheriff's office, it happened in the Township of Hixon Friday morning. Authorities said a tractor was pulling a manure spreader on Bridge Road when it attempted to turn left. As it was turning, an SUV traveling behind the tractor, driven by Jacob Person, tried to pass the it. The SUV hit the front driver's side tire and rolled several times. His passenger, 31-year-old Tasha Ley, was ejected from the vehicle.

Authorities said Person and Ley were taken to the Marshfield Medical Center. Person had incapacitating injuries and Ley was pronounced dead by physicians. The tractor driver was not injured in the accident. 

Authorities said speed and driver impairment appear to be factors in the accident. Neither Person or Ley was wearing a seatbelt. 

The Clark County Sheriff's Office said they've forwarded charges to the District Attorney's Office. A warrant is in the process of being issued for Person. He faces charges of operating a vehicle while suspended causing death and homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. 

This is the 6th traffic fatality in Clark County for 2017. 

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