DUI driver gets six years for fatal Enumclaw crash

A plea arrangement has been reached in the case of an intoxicated teenage driver who crashed into a tree east of Enumclaw, an accident resulting in the death of a passenger.

A plea arrangement has been reached in the case of an intoxicated teenage driver who crashed into a tree east of Enumclaw, an accident resulting in the death of a passenger.

Friday, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office accepted a plea agreement from Bryson A. Stubbles, 19. Stubbles was charged with one count of vehicular homicide for the death of Paco Frees, 18, and three counts of vehicular assault. Frees was a passenger in Stubbles’ vehicle and was killed when Stubbles crashed into a tree while driving under the influence in October 2016.

There were five passengers in the vehicle, which was reportedly being driven from a “bonfire party.” Stubbles was behind the wheel; Frees, a Kent resident, was the front-seat passenger; and three others – identified as Aaron Hewes, Lorenzo Dawson and a minor female – were injured and hospitalized.

On Oct. 2, at approximately 2:38 a.m., Washington State Patrol troopers responded to a report of an accident on state Route 410 near Greenwater.

Troopers responded and talked to Stubbles in the back of an aid car. They could smell an overwhelming odor of alcohol and Stubbles admitted drinking high-alcohol malt liquor and three shots of rum. He also reported smoking marijuana earlier in the day.

Stubbles told troopers he was driving and leaned to his right to hear a conversation. He said that caused the vehicle to veer right and when he corrected, Stubbles says, he hit a pothole, lost control and hit the tree.

As part of the plea arrangement, Stubbles was sentenced to six years in prison.

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