Bail hearing set in NE Portland fatal crash

Family of Dale Edward McConachie oppose release

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) – A 25-year-old will seek to have his bail lowered so he has the potential to be released from jail pending trial on allegations that he was drunk when he killed a man from Tigard.

Joshua James Vann is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Karin J. Immergut. In a report filed by Multnomah County Sheriff’s Deputy Erron Vluhkola, with the right supervision plan, Vann would be at a low risk to re-offend.

Family and friends of Dale Edward McConachie, 55, oppose Vann’s release from jail pending trail.

Multnomah County deputy district attorney Nicole Jergoic recently wrote in court documents that Vann admitted to people that he was drunk and made statements including, “I tried to kill myself …I moved into another lane, I wanted to kill myself. I wanted to hurt somebody, I wanted to die. I wish I were dead.”

The crash happened Feb. 25 near the intersection of Northeast 33rd Avenue and Columbia Boulevard. Vann had a blood alcohol content of .36 percent, Jergovic wrote. McConachie did not survive the crash, police said.

According to Deputy Vlukola’s report, Vann has worked at Oregon Health & Science University in the Dangerous Decibels program for about five years. “It is obvious that (Vann) has an issue with alcohol and is dealing with personal problems that he needs to sort out,” Vluhkola wrote. The deputy noted that Vann has already taken “full responsibility.” During an interview with Vann, Vluhkola noted that Vann “did not make any excuses…I found this to be unusual for a defendant that is in custody.”

Vann reportedly went into a “tailspin” when the OHSU program shutdown and his longtime girlfriend broke up with him, according to Vluhkola’s report. Vann’s defense attorney is expected to argue that he is not a flight risk because of his ties to the community. Vluhkola’s report states that Vann has volunteered with several organizations like Big Brothers, The American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Red Cross, and coached eight years of soccer.

Twenty-five letters of support were submitted to the court for Monday’s release hearing.

If released from custody pending trial, Vann is scheduled to enter inpatient treatment. His bail is currently set at $257,500.

KOIN 6 News will update this story after Monday’s hearing.

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