JAY COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) The man police say drove drunk into a home Friday night, killing a Jay County teenager, was formally charged Monday.
Bryce Paxson, 47, of Pennville was charged in Jay County Superior Court with a single count of operating while intoxicated causing death with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or greater, a level 5 felony. He entered a customary not-guilty plea and his bail was set at $20,000.
Police said Paxson was drunk when he missed a curve on East Largo Street in Pennville and slammed his F-350 pickup into the home of 16-year-old Seth Corwin Friday night as the teen was watching television. The impact killed Corwin, a Jay County High School student, and injured his 10-year-old stepbrother who was sitting a few feet away.
The Jay County Sheriff’s Department said Paxson’s initial blood-alcohol level was .175. According to a probable cause affidavit, Paxson’s blood-alcohol level was .141.
Paxson’s charge comes holds an advisory sentence of 3-6 years in prison along with a possible $10,000 fine.
A pre-trial hearing has been set for Jan. 5.