DUII crash sends Dayton man to prison
“Alcohol is a poison,” she told Kreder at his plea change and sentencing hearing Monday morning in Yamhill County Circuit Court. “It’s one thing to sabotage your own life, but when you get behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking, you’re a deadly weapon.”
Easterday then proceeded to sentence the Dayton resident, who turned 33 years old today, to two years in prison, five years of post-release probation and five years of post-release license suspension. She also assessed a $1,000 fine, which will be dismissed if he completes his probation successfully.
Kreder pleaded guilty to one count each of third-degree assault, driving under the influence and reckless endangering. Assault is a Class C felony the the other two charges are Class A misdemeanors.
One count each of third-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief and reckless driving, in addition to two counts of reckless endangering, were dismissed as part of a plea agreement Kreder’s court-appointed attorney, Elana Andrew-Flynn of Sheridan, negotiated with Deputy District Attorney Alicia Eagan.
The charges stem from a September 2013 crash east of Dayton at the intersection of Highway 18 and Kreder Road. Trooper Nic Cederberg of the Oregon State Police gave this account:
About 7:30 on a mid-week evening, Kreder was eastbound on Highway 18 in a 1987 Ford Ranger pickup. When he attempted to turn left onto Kreder Road, he collided with a 2004 Chevrolet SUV driven by David Christie, 28, of Sherwood.
“The defendant turned right in front of him and he had no opportunity to avoid the crash,” Eagan said. “He said he was in a hurry to get home and he didn’t see the victim’s vehicle.”
Christie escaped injury, but his wife, Nicole, also 28, was taken to the Willamette Valley Medical Center by McMinnville Fire Department ambulance. She was pregnant with twins at the time, Eagan said.
Kreder was also taken to the hospital for treatment. A blood draw there showed his blood alcohol content to be .379, almost five times the .08 marking the presumptive level of intoxication in Oregon.
It was Kreder’s third DUII arrest in a span of six years, according to court records.
He was charged with DUII in October 2007. It was his first such offense, so he was able to have the charge dismissed by completing a diversion program.
Less than 18 months later, Kreder was arrested for the offense again, his BAC measuring .300.
In April 2009, he pleaded guilty to one count each of DUII and resisting arrest. In exchange, a reckless driving charge was dismissed.
He was sentenced to four days in jail and 24 months on probation, and his license was suspended for 12 months.
Kreder’s record also shows a citation for minor in possession of alcohol in 2002.
As Cederberg was approaching Kreder after the crash, he could smell alcohol from 10 feet away, Eagan said, and found a bottle of rum on the front seat.
Eagan said Kreder had entered treatment, but had been kicked out of one program after being caught drinking. She said officers sent to apprehend him after he failed to appear for an earlier plea change and sentencing hearing found him intoxicated.
Andrew-Flynn acknowledged her client’s longstanding drinking problem.
She said it was exacerbated in December 2006, when his mother, Anne Kreder, was murdered by a nephew, Bradley Seifried, at her Dayton home. Seifried was convicted of murder, and sentenced to life in prison.
“This is a sad case on so many levels, and he is aware of that,” Andrew-Flynn said of her client. “He knows it’s a terrible thing that he did.”
She told the court there was one piece of good news, though. “He had insurance, so the victims will be made whole,” she said.
Easterday encouraged Kreder to “choose the right tools” from the treatment options available in prison, so something of this magnitude never happens again.
When he had his turn to speak, Kreder apologized for his actions. However, Eagan rebuked him when he referred to crash as an “accident.”