COLUMBIA, Mo. — A 26-year-old man whose friend tumbled off the roof of his sport utility vehicle and died as he drove along a central Missouri road at 35 mph has been charged with a felony.

The Columbia Daily Tribune ( ) reports that Jacob Gerhard, of Moberly, was charged Friday with causing a death while driving while intoxicated. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

The probable cause statement says he admitted to drinking and smoking marijuana, but said he stopped hours before the death of 25-year-old Asher Kimbrough.

Gerhard failed several field sobriety tests, although breath tests to measure his blood-alcohol level measured below the state’s legal limit. Blood tests are pending.

Gerhard told authorities that Kimbrough had been on the SUV’s roof for about a mile before falling.

Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune,

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