Lanesboro man pleads not guilty in fatal Montana crash

Mason Drake
Mason Drake

Two women killed in western part of the state on July 4.

Posted: Nov 8, 2019 8:03 PM
Updated: Nov 8, 2019 9:03 PM

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A 23-year-old Minnesota man has pleaded not guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide while under the influence for a July 4 crash that killed two women in western Montana.

Prosecutors say Mason David Drake of Lanesboro, Minnesota, was intoxicated when his vehicle crossed Montana Highway 35 east of Kalispell and crashed head-on into a truck. The collision killed 59-year-old Alice Barten and her daughter, 31-year-old Katie Barten, of the Kalispell area.

Drake, who was in Montana working as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, spent eight days in the hospital.

The Flathead Beacon reports District Judge Matt Cuffe set Drake's bail at $500,000 on Friday.

Defense attorney David Mattingly sought a reduced bail and said Drake would live in Minnesota with his father and stepmother. Cuffe did not rule on the motion.

Article Comments

Mason City
21° wxIcon
Hi: 35° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 15°
Albert Lea
21° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 21°
Broken Clouds
25° wxIcon
Hi: 37° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 25°
Charles City
23° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 13°
Few Clouds
24° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 17°
Sunny and cooler day for Friday
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video


Green Bandanas for Mental Health


Sara's Daybreak Forecast - Friday


StormTeam 3: Thanksgiving week potential storm update


Judge halts Honken execution


It's all for the coach


Thanksgiving for $100 or less?


West Hancock wins state


Chris' PM Weather Forecast 11/21


Turkey Feast on a budget


Preventing Suicide in Ag Communities

Community Events