WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. - A West St. Paul man is charged with 21 counts in what prosecutors describe as an alcohol-fueled joyride that turned deadly.
Twenty-one-year-old Robert Espinoza-Blaeser was among seven passengers in the SUV driven by Jon Devereaux when it rolled and crashed last November in West St. Paul. Espinoza-Blaeser was among those thrown from the vehicle and lost his life.
A criminal complaint filed in Dakota County says Devereaux initially told police he didn't remember driving, but later admitted to being behind the wheel.
Witnesses say the defendant was extremely intoxicated early November 14 when he got behind the wheel of a Chevy Blazer owned by one of his friends and drove down a West St. Paul street at 60 miles per hour. When friends told him to slow down, they say Devereaux began jerking the wheel left and right, eventually causing the SUV to roll. Eight people were in the vehicle, and all suffered injuries of varying degrees.
The most serious charge Devereaux faces is criminal vehicular homicide. If found guilty he could face 10 years in prison for that count alone.
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