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U.S. Marshals Task Force arrests Pierce County suspect accused in drunk driving car crash that killed two

TACOMA — Dennis Mouth pleaded not guilty in Pierce County Superior Court to two counts of vehicular homicide, one count of vehicular assault and one count of driving with a suspended license. He is being held on $750,000 bail. Mouth is accused of crashing his car while drunk and killing young two men in the backseat. He spent months trying to avoid arrest until the U.S. Marshals Task Force caught him in Auburn on Wednesday thanks to anonymous tips from you to Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County. Mouth has a pre-trial conference set for March 16th and his trial is scheduled for April 27 at 8:30am.  

AUBURN —  The U.S. Marshals Pacific NW Fugitive Apprehension Task Force says an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County led them to Dennis Mouth in Auburn.  Mouth was booked in to the Pierce County Jail on March 1, 2017 at 7:07 p.m. on his bench warrants for two counts of Vehicular Homicide, one count of Vehicular Assault and one count of Driving While License Revoked. Mouth is WMW Capture #864.

ROSLYN, WASH — 19-year-old Bubba Mathes was one of two victims killed in a horrific car crash in Pierce County on Feb. 27, 2016. He’d been at a party with friends and after posting a video of his fun night out. 39 minutes later he was riding in Dennis Mouth’s Lexus when Mouth crashed his car trying to exit I-5 to Port of Tacoma. “When it hit the gore point, it lost control, rotated clockwise and struck a utility pole,” said Trooper Brooke Bova. bubba-mathes

Bubba and his friend in the backseat never had a chance, even though both were wearing seatbelts. Troopers say Mouth was drunk.  Tests showed his blood alcohol level was .17. Mouth was seriously injured and spent months in the hospital and when he got out, he didn’t show up for court.  “There’s a warrant out for his arrest for two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault,” said Trooper Bova.  dennis-mouth

Bubba was Robert and Molly Mathes’ only son. “I can feel him around me every day,” Bubba’s dad said. “The only thing I could think of was what was going through my son’s head when it was all happening at that moment. ” His son’s grave is just half a mile from the home where he grew up in Roslyn. This was where his family spent Bubba’s 20th birthday.  “I come out here to see him every day,” Robert said at his son’s graveside in the snow-covered cemetery. “This is what I go through every day. My heart and soul are gone,” said Molly who leaves a candle lit so that Bubba knows his way home.

His family remembers him lovingly as a cheerful young man who loved to dance and make short music videos – brief glimpses into a happy life that brings his parents some small comfort, as does his decision to be an organ donor.  “He gave eyesight to a 40-year-old woman and eyesight to a 28-year-old man,” his dad said proudly.  Still, none of this seems real. Robert and his family just want Mouth to turn himself in.  “I understand that none of this was meant to happen, but it happened,” Robert said. “People making wrong decisions to do what they did that night. It’s time to own up, get it done an take what’s coming to you.”

They also hope that by sharing their story, it will save other lives. Bubba’s resting place is a beautiful yet stark reminder that drinking and driving kills.  The inscription on the marker reads, “Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. I am in the thousands winds that blow, I am in the fallen snow.  I am the star shine at night, I am the flowers that bloom, I am in a quiet room. I am in the birds that sing, I am in each lovely thing. Do not stand at my grave in bereft. I am not there. I have not left.”