Originally Published: June 8, 2004 7 a.m.
A confirmation from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Crime Lab that John Michael Vincent II, 25, of Dewey had methamphetamines in his blood when he apparently caused a double-fatal accident last Tuesday in Prescott Valley led to the man's arrest and felony charges Saturday.
Investigators from the Prescott Valley Police Department (PVPD) arrested Vincent upon his release from John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix and booked him into Maricopa County Jail (because it has an infirmary ward) on felony charges – two counts of manslaughter, five counts of endangerment and four counts of criminal damage.
They also booked him on one count of possession of dangerous drugs, one count of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of marijuana, according to a press release from PVPD.
Vincent was driving the 1996 Ford Bronco that PVPD in-vestigators believe caused an accident around 6:45 a.m. last Tuesday when it crossed into oncoming traffic on Highway 69 in Prescott Valley.
The Bronco hit a Nissan Altima head-on, killing its occupants, driver Sandi Lopez, 32, and her mother Sandra "Kay" Lopez, 54, both of Mayer.
PVPD public information officer Lt. P.J. Janik said the police department plans to transport Vincent to Yavapai County Jail as soon as his medical condition permits.