A Kalispell man, who was arrested for the death of two people in a car accident, appeared in court today to face charges of vehicular homicide while under the influence.
We took a look at the court documents today and found that 46-year-old Joseph Powell admitted to authorities that he had been drinking one to two hours before the accident occurred.
Authorities took blood from Powell for a toxicology report and sent it to the crime lab where they are still awaiting the results.
According to court documents, Powell was driving his Jeep Cherokee northbound on Highway 93 near mile marker 107 in the southbound lane when he collided with Brian Delaney head-on.
Delaney died at the scene, and Powell's passenger, 43-year-old Patrick Moulton was transported to Kalispell Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
Powell didn't say much at his court appearance. He did tell the judge that his family is looking into hiring an attorney for him, but he was appointed a court-ordered one.
Powell suffered a dislocated hip and a broken left arm. He was brought into the court room in a wheel chair.
If convicted, Powell could be locked away for quite some time.
"If you are convicted of this charge you could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison and fined up to $50,000. If you are convicted of both counts, the maximum penalty that could be imposed is 60 years in a Montana state prison, and $100,000 fines," said Justice of the Peace Daniel Wilson at Powell’s court appearance.
Powell's bail was set at $250,000.
If he does post bond, he would have to go before a judge who would set conditions of release.
Powell is being held at the Flathead County Justice Center.
His next court appearance is November 7.