Man convicted in drunken crash that killed 3 brothers charged with DWI


A man is charged with drunken driving, a decade after being convicted in a separate drunken driving crash that killed three brothers.

In May 2005, Boe Barlage, now 33, was sentenced to eight years in prison following the October 2004 crash that killed the Backstrom brothers: Justin, 16, Jacob, 17, and Matthew, 20.

Prosecutors said he was drunk and on his cellphone at the time of the crash. He served 5 1/2 years in prison, the Star Tribune reports.

"We had hoped and prayed that he would rearrange what is important in his life," Nathan Backstrom, the father of the three boys killed in 2004, told KSTP of Barlage's recent arrest.

Barlage, of Farmington, was arrested May 14 after someone reported him driving erratically in Lakeville around 9:40 p.m., the criminal complaint says.

When police located him, he refused a preliminary breath test and field sobriety tests. About two hours later, his blood alcohol level was 0.19 percent – more than twice the legal limit, the complaint notes.

He was charged Friday with two counts of felony first-degree drunken driving, and is free after posting $75,000 bail, reports note. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 1.

He is still on probation following the 2005 conviction, which means he could now face up to five years in prison in addition to time for his most recent arrest, WCCO says.

Barlage was scheduled to speak at a drunk driving impact panel Monday night, but canceled following last week's arrest, FOX 9 reports.

"It does not appear that he's learned anything from the great trauma that he inflicted upon a wonderful family," Jim Backstrom, the Dakota County Attorney who also prosecuted the vehicular homicide case against Barlage, told KSTP.

Jim Backstom is not related to the Backstrom family.

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