$500,000 bail set for Fargo father charged in fatal DUI crash
FARGO — Bail was set at $500,000 cash only for a man whose blood-alcohol level was allegedly over three times more than the legal limit when he was involved in a crash that fatally injured his 7-year-old son and critically injured his 5-year-old son.
Christopher Lee Devine, 31, of Fargo, is charged with one felony count of criminal vehicular homicide and two felony counts of criminal vehicular injury.
Wearing a neck brace, Devine made his first court appearance on the charges Friday, March 29, via interactive TV. Cass County District Judge Steve McCullough appointed him a public defender and granted the prosecution’s requested bail amount.
At 7:38 p.m. Saturday, March 23, Fargo police responded to a two-vehicle crash in the 1300 block of South University Drive. Devine was driving north on South University Drive in a vehicle with three other people, including his two sons in the back seat, court documents show.
The vehicle lost control and slid across the lanes before being struck in the rear passenger side by a second vehicle, court documents show. All four people in Devine’s vehicle were injured and were taken to a local hospital.
Devine told authorities he had no recollection of the crash and that he consumed alcohol before driving, court documents show. He was hospitalized after the crash and was booked into Cass County Jail Thursday evening, March 28.
His blood-alcohol level was 0.267 percent shortly after arriving at the hospital, court documents show. The legal limit to drive is 0.08 percent.
Devine’s son, 7-year-old Jason Devine, died on Tuesday, March 26, and his organs will be donated, according to a GoFundMe page set up by Tessa Wilson, a family friend. His 5-year-old son, Branden Devine, was in critical condition and had not regained consciousness, court documents stated.
Jacob Larson, the front-seat passenger in Devine’s vehicle, told authorities he and Devine were drinking alcohol before the crash, court documents show. Larson suffered a broken right leg and cuts to his head in the crash.
A preliminary report showed Devine’s vehicle was going about 74 mph four seconds before the crash and about 59 mph one second before the crash, court documents stated. The speed limit on that stretch of University Drive South is 35 mph.
The motorists in the other vehicle were not injured in the crash, court documents show. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for May 1.