22-year-old Boise man charged with felony vehicular manslaughter

Wesley Swann was under the influence of methamphetamine when he crashed his motorcycle on Lake Hazel Road last fall — a crash that resulted in the death of a 21-year-old woman riding on the back.

Deputies arrested the 22-year-old Swann on a felony charge of vehicular manslaughter Wednesday afternoon at his workplace.

Swann is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $75,000 bond. He is set to make his initial court appearance Thursday afternoon.

Swann was driving his 1988 Honda motorcycle eastbound on Lake Hazel Road, near Starstruck Avenue, just after 8 a.m. on Sept. 2 when he lost control of the bike on a curve.

The motorcycle went off the road and hit a tree. The force of the impact killed 21-year-old Joslyn Johnson, who was riding on the back of the bike. Swann was thrown from the motorcycle and landed on a pile of river rocks.

Johnson was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Swann did not have a helmet on.

Evidence tests revealed later that Swann had meth in his system at the time of the crash.

Ada County prosecutors activated the arrest warrant for Swann early Wednesday morning. Members of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office ACTION team arrested him a short time later.

The crime of felony vehicular manslaughter is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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