Police: Driver in fatal crash was drunk and speeding

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MASON CITY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Mason City Police said the driver of a sport utility vehicle was drunk and speeding in April when he crashed into a tree, killing himself and four passengers.

A front view of the Jeep Liberty that crashed into a tree and caught fire, killing all 5 inside early on April 10, 2017 in Mason City. (Mason City Police)

Police Chief Jeff Brinkley said Monday an autopsy showed the driver had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit of 0.08, but he would not specify the alcohol level of the 20-year-old driver, Zacharay Hartley.

Officers discovered the crash around 2:40 a.m. on April 10 in the 400 block of 6th Street Southwest while looking for the cause of a power outage.

Brinkley said investigators determined the Hartley was driving 79 miles per hour at the time of the crash, which happened in a 30 mile per hour zone.

"The vehicle then left the roadway, striking guide wires for an electrical pole. The vehicle continued on the grass and then struck a tree," Brinkley said. "Upon coming to rest, the vehicle quickly caught fire. the fire quickly spread into the passenger compartment. Officers who arrived on the scene were unable to remove any occupants"

Police said they believe Hartley and the front passenger were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, but the three passengers in the back seat were not.

Police identified the four passengers as 17-year-old Donte Foster, 18-year-old Roderick Lewis, 14-year-old Sydney Alford, and 19-year-old Alex Wiebke.

Authorities pronounced all five victims dead at the scene.

Brinkley says no charges will be filed.