KALISPELL (AP) — A state senator charged with piloting a boat while drunk and crashing into the rocky shoreline of Flathead Lake, injuring all five people on board, is close to a plea agreement, his attorney said.
Todd Glazier filed a request Wednesday asking that Sen. Greg Barkus' Nov. 29 trial be canceled and that a hearing be scheduled for him to change his plea, the Daily Inter Lake reports.
"The plea agreement will be filed as soon as possible," Glazier said.
Barkus, R-Kalispell, is charged with criminal endangerment and two counts of vehicular assault for the Aug. 27, 2009, crash that injured Barkus, his wife, U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg and two of his staffers. One of Rehberg's staffers, Dustin Frost, was in a coma for more than a week.
Flathead County attorney's office administrator Vickie Eggum said a plea agreement is being worked on, but she would not say what sentence would be recommended.
"That hasn't been signed off yet by our office," she said. "We're still reviewing it."
Prosecutors say Barkus had a blood-alcohol level of 0.16, or twice the legal limit, when he crashed his boat into the rocks south of Bigfork at about 10 p.m.
Barkus told the Daily Inter Lake on Friday that he was anxious to put the crash behind him.
"It was an accident," he said. "I'll leave it at that."
Barkus also declined to divulge the terms of the plea agreement.