Millville man pleads guilty to automobile homicide

Alvin Henson, who is charged with automobile homicide, is led into the courtroom for a preliminary hearing, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Logan, Utah.

LOGAN — A 40-year-old Millville man has pleaded guilty to automobile homicide, in the death of local businessman Randy Wirth.

Alvin Henson appeared in 1st District Court Monday afternoon, pleading guilty to the homicide charges, a second-degree felony. Under a plea agreement with state attorney’s, the two additional class B misdemeanors he was facing were dismissed.

Henson has been in the Cache County Jail since being arrested April 10, after causing a three-vehicle accident in Millville, near 210 West 200 South.

According to police reports, Henson was driving a 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup east on 200 South when crossed into the westbound lane, striking both a Cadillac DeVille and Suzuki motorcycle.

Randy Wirth, co-owner of Café Ibis was the driver of the motorcycle. He was transported to Logan Regional Hospital by ambulance and then flown to McKay Dee Hospital where he died of his injuries on Saturday, April 12.

Investigators said Henson was intoxicated at the time of the accident and admitted to deputies and paramedics that he had been drinking. He took a breathalyzer test five hours after the accident and blew a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.

Henson will be sentenced in June 30 and could face one to 15 years in prison.

Henson’s girlfriend Michelle Hoppie, 42, has also been arrested and charged with automobile homicide, a second-degree felony and failure to use an interlock device, a class B misdemeanor.

Hoppie is the owner of the 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup that Henson was allowed to drive when he caused the three-vehicle accident.  She is expected to appear again in court for a preliminary hearing, June 17. 

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