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WEST ST. PAUL (AP) - A West St. Paul man is charged with 21 counts in what prosecutors say was an alcohol-fueled joyride that turned deadly.

Twenty-one-year-old Robert Espinoza-Blaeser was among seven passengers in the SUV driven by Jon Devereaux when it rolled and crashed last November in West St. Paul. Espinoza-Blaeser was among those thrown from the vehicle and lost his life.

A criminal complaint says Devereaux initially told police he didn't remember driving, but later admitted to being behind the wheel.  The 22-year-old driver is charged in Dakota County with felony vehicular homicide and 20 other counts, including leaving the scene of the crash.