By: Patti Weaver
(Guthrie, Okla.) — A 41-year-old Coyle woman accused of being drunk while she was driving an ATV that crashed on Sunday has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of her passenger.
Dawn Nicole Dettlaff has been released on $10,000 bond pending a June 25 court appearance at which she could seek a preliminary hearing.
Dettlaff was allegedly driving an ATV under the influence of alcohol on Indian Meridian Road near Highway 105 in Logan County when she lost control of the ATV in an attempt to perform a U-turn — causing the ATV to roll over, which resulted in fatal injuries for Candice Michelle Toombs, according to the charge.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol homicide investigator Shayne Ballard wrote in his affidavit that the fatal crash occurred at 1:20 a.m. on March 22.
“Dettlaff stated she was driving the ATV south of Indian Meridian Road and had come to the intersection of State Highway 105.
“Dettlaff stated she was going to make a U-turn to go back north on Indian Meridian Road.
“Dettlaff lost control of the ATV and it overturned onto the passenger’s side.
“Dettlaff stated she had consumed alcohol prior to the collision occurring,” the trooper alleged in his affidavit.
Asked how much, “she replied by saying ‘a few,’ ‘like 3,'” the affidavit alleged.
Her passenger was pronounced dead at the collision scene, the affidavit said.
Dettlaff was unlawfully operating an ATV on a public roadway under the influence of alcohol, at an unsafe speed for the weather conditions, when she lost control of the ATV that overturned on the passenger’s side, the affidavit alleged.
If convicted of first-degree manslaughter, Dettlaff could be given a prison term of four years to life.