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Vilas Co. prosecutors file homicide, drug charges against driver involved in deadly head-on crashSubmitted: 05/20/2019
Vilas Co. prosecutors file homicide, drug charges against driver involved in deadly head-on crash
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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lkimble@wjfw.com

EAGLE RIVER - Police think a man caused a deadly crash while driving high in Vilas County this winter.  He now faces homicide and drug possession felonies.

Prosecutors filed charges against Tyler Metz, 19, on May 14.

Metz, who lives in Douglas County, was involved in a head-on crash on Highway 51 at Bakken Road in the township of Boulder Junction on Jan. 23.


Witnesses told police Metz's Chevrolet Silverado crossed the center line before smashing into a Ford F-150 around 10:15 a.m.  Road conditions were snowy and the highway was ice-covered at the time.

Timothy Boss, 59, was killed and his daughter was injured. Metz had severe injuries to his legs.

According to the criminal complaint, medics found methamphetamine and hydrocodone pills in a cigarette box on Metz when they pulled him from the truck.  The police report says Metz asked medics to throw the drugs out for him.

A Vilas County deputy later questioned Metz while he was being treated at Howard Young Medical Center. Metz told police he did indeed have hydrocondone pills from a past leg injury, but he no longer had a prescription for them. Metz said he hadn't used meth since a day or two before the crash.

Deputies obtained a blood sample while Metz was in the hospital, based on witness statements that he may have caused the crash and Metz's urgent need for his own medical care.

Metz was later taken to a hospital in Wausau for further care.

A Vilas County deputy ran her own tests on the drugs and found the suspected meth tested positive for "an amphetamine compound."  State crime lab results showed Metz's blood tested positive for methamphetamine, Ketamine (a drug used in human and animal surgical procedures) and THC, which is the active drug in marijuana.

Vilas County Judge Neal Nielsen put a warrant out for Metz's arrest on May 14.  Online inmate records show Metz is in the Vilas County Jail.

Metz is charged with homicide by vehicle-use of a controlled substance, operating while intoxicated-causing injury, narcotic drug possession, and methamphetamine possession. He faces up to 33 years in prison if convicted.


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