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Friday, September 24, 2010  


Harrison County, IOWA --- Today, a complaint and affidavit was filed in Harrison County District Court charging Andrew Schlichtemeier, age 21, with four counts of vehicular homicide, a class B felony.

According to a complaint and affidavit, Schlichtemeier was operating a 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck, northbound on Interstate 29 at mile marker 95.5 near the northbound exit ramp for Little Sioux, Iowa, in Harrison County. Eye witnesses reported that Schlichtemeier’s pickup truck crossed the center line, entered the southbound lane of the Interstate and collided head on with four motorcyclists, subsequently identified as Dennis Chaney, Steven Benscoter, Jay Bock, and Dale Aspedon. All four men died as a result of injuries sustained in this collision. Lab tests showed that Schlichtemeier had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.373 g/100m at the time of the collision. Medtox Laboratories analyzed Schlichtemeier’s blood specimen for the presence of controlled substances and found that metabolites of THC (marijuana) were present in his blood.

Andrew Schlichtemeier has until noon tomorrow, Saturday, September 25, 2010, to turn himself into authorities.

The investigation into this crash was conducted by the Iowa State Patrol, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Attorney General’s Office, and the Harrison County Attorney.

A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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