Vehicular manslaughter charge against ex-Payette deputy dismissed

Statesman staffApril 24, 2013 

A former Payette County sheriff's deputy is no longer charged in a two-vehicle crash that killed a New Plymouth man in October 2011.

Gem County Prosecutor Dick Linville, who was handling the case for Payette County, announced last month that he asked the Payette County Court to dismiss a vehicular manslaughter charge against Scott Sloan.

Sloan was driving to investigate a 911 call from a child who said a stranger was in his home when Sloan hit a car driven by Barry Johnson, 65, on U.S. 30. Johnson died at the scene.

Idaho State Police investigators said later that Sloan was trying to pass Johnson on the left as they both traveled east on U.S. 30. But Johnson turned left near Custer Road, and Sloan was unable to avoid hitting the driver's side of the vehicle.

"This incident was investigated by the Idaho State Police. Since the time of the preliminary hearing in this case, it has become clear that profound division and disagreement exists within ISP regarding the cause of the accident, the speed of and manner in which Mr. Sloan was operating his patrol car responding to a 911 call, and the importance of the undisputed fact that Mr. Johnson was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash," Linville said in a news release issued March 8.

Also, according to Johnson, two expert reviews of the crash reconstruction conducted by Idaho State Police disagreed strongly with the ISP report in regard to the speed estimate and the importance of Johnson's blood alcohol level level of .08 as a factor in the crash.

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