A Brothers man has been accused of injuring a woman during a drunk driving crash and then fleeing the scene in December on Interstate 5 in southern Linn County.
Richard Allen Johnson, 45, was charged in Linn County Circuit Court on Friday with second-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants, failure to perform the duties of a driver to injured persons, failure to perform the duties of a driver when property is damaged, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, and second-degree criminal mischief.
The crash occurred on Dec. 6, and the Oregon State Police investigated the case.
Judge Thomas McHill set Johnson’s bail at $500,000, according to Oregon’s online court database.
In a brief interview on Monday, prosecutor Lindy Kalodimos said that Johnson’s unusually high bail stemmed from him fleeing the state. He was extradited from California and initially was transported to Harney County due to probation violation warrants there.
The next hearing in the case was scheduled for Nov. 16.
Defense attorney Michael Lowry was not able to be contacted for comment regarding the case.
Second-degree assault typically involves a deadly or dangerous weapon and can be a Measure 11 crime that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of nearly six years in prison.
In Johnson's case, the deadly or dangerous weapon was his automobile, according to the charging document.
Kyle Odegard can be contacted at 541-812-6077 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter via @KyleOdegard.
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