MISSOULA, Montana — A slobbering drunk Montana man who tried to grab the wheel of a shuttle taking people back from a Testicle Festival, causing it to flip and kill two passengers, has been charged with criminally negligent homicide.
James William Bayford, 42, of Missoula had been thrown out of the festival — where contestants compete to see who can eat the most bull testicles — and became upset while being driven back to town in the shuttle.
Cops say he then grabbed the wheel from the driver, causing him to lose control and roll over onto the median. Passengers Vannessa Anderson, 33, and Donny Barlow, 36, were thrown from the vehicle and were killed, the Missoulian reported.
Cops say Bayford had a blood alcohol level of .209 even though he had been barred from drinking as part of his probation from a separate case where he pleaded guilty just two weeks earlier to assaulting two young nephews.
Bayford has been charged with two counts of criminally negligent homicide and six counts of criminal endangerment. He was held on $200,000 bond.