Drunk Driver Charged with Manslaughter

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In Warren County, a man is charged with a felony for involuntary manslaughter after a single-vehicle crash that killed his father.

On October 21, 2012 at about 6:20 p.m., Mark Laney, age 31 from Warrenton, Missouri was operating a 1997 Cadillac Eldorado. Mark was traveling southbound on Missouri highway 47 during the time of the crash. Rex Laney, age 50 from Moscow Mills, Missouri and the father of Mark was the only passenger in the vehicle.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as Mark was southbound on Missouri highway 47 north of South Bend Road. Mark failed to negotiate a curve and crossed over the center line and traveled off the left side of the road, through a ditch and overturned. Rex was ejected when the car overturned and then pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Warren County coroner, Roger Mauzy. Mark suffered a cut on his head and abrasions on his back and was taken to St. Joseph’s Health Center in Wentzville for his moderate injuries. Neither Mark nor Rex was wearing seat belts.

According to a probable cause statement filed in court, officers reported that Mark Laney was unsteady on his feet, his breath smelled of alcohol, and Mark was slurring his words. Mark Laney confessed to the Highway Patrol officers that he and his father were drinking at VFW Hall prior to the crash and that he was too drunk to be operating his vehicle. Mark Laney refused to take a field sobriety test, Patrol report. The results of the toxicology tests are not available yet.

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