A Douglas County judge sentenced a 20-year-old Glide man to prison for a drunken-driving crash in September that seriously injured his passenger near Tenmile.
Cody Isaac Bonnell will spend 22 months in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree assault, driving under the influence of alcohol and six counts of recklessly endangering another person. Bonnell also faces a $1,000 fine for the DUII conviction.
The crash happened on Sept. 12 near Byron Creek Estates on Upper Olalla Road after Bonnell’s vehicle went off the roadway. His passenger, Hagen Chilcott, 19, of Roseburg, was thrown out of the vehicle and landed on a barn roof below the roadway and suffered a collapsed lung, fractures in his vertebrae and injuries to his spine causing paralysis in his limbs, according to court documents.
Defense attorney Carole Race told Douglas County Judge William Marshall that the court had the discretion to order probation and asked for an appropriate treatment program. Race said Bonnell has been accepted into the drug court program, had no criminal history and is very young.
“I believe this is a defendant that should get probation, not prison,” Race told the judge.
Marshall said he was not convinced that Bonnell had the family support needed to benefit from the optional probation. He said part of looking at Bonnell’s risk assessment is looking at the people around him and determining if they’re going to be supportive of his efforts to reconstruct his life and rehabilitate himself.
“What I’ve heard today is that (Bonnell’s) family members are not supportive of him by holding him accountable but by pointing a finger at the victim,” Marshall said. “And that is not helpful to him in terms of his need to rehabilitate himself and to deal with his problems.”
Witnesses told investigators that Bonnell’s vehicle was traveling 60 to 80 miles per hour when it swerved toward four juvenile females walking on the road. The girls jumped out of the roadway and another vehicle was forced off the road by Bonnell. Another driver told officers that his vehicle was passed by Bonnell’s car at a high rate of speed on a blind corner just before the crash.