**PRISON BREAK** Lane Garrison, Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter

  1. THURSDAY MARCH 08, 2007 01:55 PM EST

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    Prison Break actor Lane Garrison has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, police announced Thursday.

    The charge stems from a car accident in December that killed a 17-year-old male passenger.

    Garrison, 26, is expected to be arraigned after 1:30 p.m. on Thursday in Beverly Hills Superior Court.

    The actor was also charged with driving under the influence, driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol level causing injury and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

    The indictment was first reported by TMZ.com.

    On Dec. 2, Garrison, who plays "Tweener" on the FOX jailhouse drama, was driving his Land Rover SUV with three teen-aged passengers when the vehicle struck a tree at 11:52 p.m. Garrison had cocaine and more than twice the legal blood alcohol level in his system after the collision. Two 15-year-old girls, who were also in the car, were both injured.

    If convicted, the actor faces a maximum state prison term of six years and eight months. Bail has been recommended at $200,000.

    Police reported at the time of the accident that Garrison displayed "symptoms of alcohol intoxication" and said they found alcohol containers in the SUV, which was registered to him.

    After the accident, Garrison's attorney, Harland Braun, told PEOPLE the actor had a margarita with dinner but was not driving under the influence and was knocked unconscious in the crash. Braun also had pointed to a possible problem with the brakes.

    Braun has said Garrison met the teens that night at a grocery store, where they invited him to attend a party. At the time of the accident, he said, the group was leaving the gathering and Garrison was driving them back to the store
     
  2. The Los Angeles district attorney's office will charge Lane Garrison with vehicular manslaughter today in the death of 17-year-old Vahagn Setian, who was a passenger in Lane's car in December.

    In a statement, attorney Paul Kiesel says:
    "The Setian family is gratified by the charges brought by the Los Angeles district attorney's office. They have lost their only child due to the recklessness of Lane Garrison. The Setians will do all they can to assist the district attorney's office and ensure that justice is served. They hope this is a message to other public figures not to abuse drugs, alcohol or the public trust afforded to them by their fame. The family continues to appreciate the privacy and respect shown to them by the media."​
    No civil lawsuit has been filed by the family....yet. They apparently don't want to "disrupt the prosecution of Lane Garrison by the district attorney."
     
  3. I hope he can get a fair trial, but what was he thinking hanging out with teenagers? He is an adult, he should've known better. It's a huge tragedy. I hope the family of the boy that died gets justice.
     
  4. This story bothered me on several levels. I'm glad to hear that he is facing charges from the "accident"--though when people drink/drug and then drive, it's not really an accident when something terrible happens.
     
  5. Its always sad to hear when someone dies in the hands of a drunk driver..
     
  6. very sad
     
  7. =( i liked him in prison break!!
     
  8. very sad
     
  9. Really awful to hear...
     
  10. It's really sad to hear.. but what are you doing picking up random teenagers anyways !
     
  11. terrribly sad .. :sad:
     
  12. uh,26 with two 15 year old girls? Okay??