24-year-old Boise man admits to buying beer for teens before fatal truck crash last spring

Cole J. Dyer is scheduled for a sentencing hearing April 27 after pleading guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of dispensing alcohol to a minor in connection with a fatal crash last spring that resulted in the death of 17-year-old Clayton Tully.

Deputies arrested Dyer in November as part of the investigation into the crash.

Evidence tests show Clayton Tully had a blood alcohol content level in excess of the Idaho legal limit of .08 for adults when he lost control of his truck in the desert east of Swan Falls Dam in the early morning hours of May 29.

Tully and a 15-year-old boy who was a passenger in the truck were not wearing seat belts when it rolled over. Both were thrown from the truck.

The 15-year-old boy sustained serious injuries in the crash and was taken to a local hospital by air ambulance. The 17-year-old Tully was pronounced at the crash site. A 16-year-old boy in the truck sustained minor injuries.

The crash occurred just before 5 a.m. on May 29.

The boys were at a graduation party in the desert nearby when they decided to go for a drive east of the Swan Falls/Moore roads intersection.

Clayton Tully was driving on a dirt desert road when he lost control of the pickup as it was going around a corner.

Deputies estimate he was driving about 49 miles an hour on the desert road when he crashed. The 16-year-old boy who was not badly injured called 911.

Deputies found the crash site a short time later and called for the air ambulance.

Deputies interviewed other teens at the party and crash sites and developed evidence there had been drinking at the party earlier that night when some of the teens left to get more alcohol.

That was when Cole Dyer bought beer for the teens — just hours before the fatal crash.

The party site where the teens were at before the crash was a remote agricultural building known as “Partypatopia” on Bureau of Land Management land.  It has since been demolished.

The crime of dispensing alcohol to a minor (https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/title23/t23ch6/sect23-603/) is punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

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