Jury Trial Scheduled for Ex-Deputy Colby McCreary’s DWI Case

Former Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Colby McCreary has pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated during a fatal one-vehicle accident on I-55 in Festus on April 30, 2023, which resulted in the death of his wife Savannah McCreary. Initially, McCreary faced charges of DWI resulting in the death of another and first-degree involuntary manslaughter, both class C felonies. However, after findings from a crash reconstruction report, his charges were reduced to a class B misdemeanor DWI, potentially resulting in six months in jail and a maximum fine of $1000.

The crash investigation revealed that neither occupant in the vehicle had been wearing a seatbelt and that the car had been traveling straight until an abrupt turn just moments before the impact. There was no evidence to suggest mechanical fault or road conditions causing the crash. Colby McCreary was found to have a blood-alcohol content of .17 percent, double the legal limit in Missouri, and was diagnosed with alcohol intoxication after the crash.

A jury trial has been slated for December, with a hearing set for November to listen to a motion to suppress, typically filed to challenge the legitimacy of a piece of evidence. Savannah McCreary, who was thrown out from the vehicle during the crash, was 28 years old and left behind two young children.

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