Court docs: Drunk driver ‘wanted to hurt someone’

Court documents: Joshua Vann went from crying to laughing during police questioning

Joshua James Vann, 25, is accused of being under the influence of intoxicants in Northeast Portland.
Joshua James Vann, 25, is accused of being under the influence of intoxicants in Northeast Portland.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – An accused drunken driver will be in court Friday to be arraigned on a grand jury indictment stemming from a fatal crash in Northeast Portland.

Joshua James Vann faces one count each of first-degree manslaughter, misdemeanor driving while under the influence of intoxicants, recklessly endangering another person and reckless driving.

The Feb. 25 crash killed Dale McConachie, police said. Officers responded to the crash at 4:35 p.m. at the intersection of Northeast Columbia Boulevard and Northeast 33rd. McConachie died on scene, police said.

According to court records, when officers assigned to the Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team spoke with Vann he had slurred speech and there was a strong odor of alcohol. Deputy district attorney Nicole Jergovic wrote that an blood-alcohol-content draw conducted by nurses at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center was .36.

Vann reportedly told a firefighter paramedic that he was suicidal. He told officials that he had broken up with his girlfriend about three months ago, court documents state.

“The defendant went from crying to laughing,” court documents state. A hospital security guard told police that Vann also made statements that included, “I tried to kill myself…I moved into another line, I wanted to kill myself. I wanted to hurt somebody, I wanted to die. I wish I were dead,” court documents state.

Vann is scheduled to appear in Multnomah County Circuit Court Friday morning for his arraignment.

This story will updated once that court hearing occurs.

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