Austin Campbell, charged with vehicular manslaughter in the death of Jacob Cecil, was denied a bond reduction at his arraignment on Thursday.
Campbell, 24, of Boise, is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol on March 17 and crashing a vehicle in the area of Fairview Avenue and Bluff Street. His vehicle carried five people, including 25-year-old Cecil, of Boise.
According to Ada County prosecutors, one witness said Campbell was “darting like a NASCAR driver trying to pass him” on the Connector.
Prosecutors said the vehicle Cecil was riding in traveled across an on-ramp, rolled on Fairview, and then went across Bluff Street and across a sidewalk, where it ran into a utility poll.
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By the time law enforcement arrived, two victims had left and walked to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.
A crushed beer can, a case of beer and a bottle of whiskey that was three-fourths full were found at the scene, prosecutors said.
Officers reportedly described Campbell as “belligerent,” and he refused to tell them how much he had to drink. A warrant was issued to mandate a blood draw, according to the prosecution.
Other occupants sustained serious injuries, such as a fractured skull, a brain bleed and broken bones.
Magistrate Judge Michael Oths said that because of the aggravated nature of the crash, he was denying a reduction in Campbell’s $750,000 bond.
Campbell has prior convictions for public intoxication, driving under the influence and being a minor in possession of alcohol.