Jonathan Fine Vander Sande

Jonathan Fine Vander Sande, 26, appears via video Tuesday in Gallatin County Justice Court.

Bail was set at $10,000 Tuesday for a Bozeman man accused of driving under the influence of alcohol when he veered into a truck, causing it to crash into several other cars Monday evening.

Jonathan Fine Vander Sande, 26, is charged with felony negligent vehicular assault. He appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court before Judge Bryan Adams.

On Monday around 5:45 p.m., a Bozeman police officer responded to a six-car crash at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Griffin Drive, according to charging documents. The crash sent four of 12 people involved to the hospital, including a 5-year-old child.

Police said in charging documents that Vander Sande was wandering around the incident and later told an officer that he thought he caused the wreck.

Vander Sande told police that he was driving south on Seventh Avenue and sped up to get on Interstate 90 when he “may have cut (a) pickup (truck) off” while changing lanes. He said the truck rear-ended him and hit other cars.

Police said Vander Sande’s car was damaged on the left side, indicating that he swerved into the truck. The pickup then went into traffic in the opposite lane and hit a van head-on, causing a chain reaction of several other crashes.

Witnesses said Vander Sande’s car was speeding and hit the truck.

Police said Vander Sande smelled of alcohol and admitted having two beers before driving. A breath sample indicated that he had a blood alcohol level of 0.218.

Vander Sande was arrested and taken to the Gallatin County jail. A breath sample there showed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.181.

At the jail, Vander Sande told police that he had about 12 beers the prior night and had one beer around 7:30 a.m., before leaving to work on the day of the incident. After work, he said, he had three more beers before the wreck.

Freddy Monares can be reached at or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.


Freddy Monares covers politics and county government for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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