Man accused of driving into bleacher filled with people charged

Man accused of driving into bleacher filled with people charged

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by Natalie Podgorski

KTVB.COM

Posted on June 4, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:23 PM

VALE, Ore. --  The man accused of driving a car into a bleacher filled with people in Ontario, Oregon over the weekend went before a judge Monday afternoon.

Jaime Everardo's head sank as the judge read the charges.  He is facing three counts of assault in the second degree, 16 counts assault in the third degree and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The accident happened Saturday afternoon at Lions Park during the America's Global Village Festival.  Two dozen people were taken the hospital after a car drove past the main stage and into the stands.  Police say Everardo was behind the wheel.

The prosecutor says it appears the 19-year-old used inhalants before the crash.

If convicted of second degree assault, Everardo could spend years in jail.

"The maximum sentence if you are convicted of a class B felony is up to 10 years in prison and a fine of not more than $250,000," said Judge Patricia Sullivan.

In court, we learned Everardo worked odd jobs for different farms around the area and that he lives with his aunt and uncle.  The defense attorney says Everardo has no previous criminal record.

Everardo's bail was set at $40,000 cash or $400,000 security.  He is expected to be back in court on Friday.

A spokesperson for Saint Alphonsus says that two people remain hospitalized from the crash. One is in the hospital in Ontario and the other is in Boise.  Both are in serious but stable condition.

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