One person was killed and two others injured in this Highway 137 crash Dec. 14 in Texas County. Charges were filed Dec. 19. 

A 26-year-old Summersville man is charged with several offenses following a Dec. 14 crash that killed a man in southern Texas County.

Tanner Cole Beasley, who authorities said had a blood-alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit, is charged with DWI resulting in a death, second-degree assault, careless and imprudent driving and making a false report. Charges were filed Thursday in Texas County Associate Court by Prosecutor Jason MacPherson. Bond is set at $500,000.

The patrol said a southbound 2000 Jeep Wrangler driven by Beasley crossed the centerline of Highway 137 and into the path of a northbound 2005 Chrysler Touring operated by Jessica A. Messex, 30, of Willow Springs. The Jeep overturned, and both vehicles came to rest off the highway following the 6:14 a.m. accident about six miles north of Willow Springs.

Messex sustained a serious head injury and severed fingers.

A passenger in the Messex vehicle, Heath L. Wadkins, 30, of Bakersfield, was pronounced dead at the scene by Texas County Coroner Marie Lasater. The patrol said he was not wearing a seat belt. A third person in the vehicle was Joseph D. Phelps, 31, address unknown.

According to a patrol report, Beasley had a preliminary breath test of .18 percent. A blood test also was administered. He denied being a driver.

Services for Mr. Wadkins were Saturday at Gepp. Ark.  

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