Oak Harbor bail jumper gets added jail time on charge

A 25-year-old Oak Harbor man who failed to appear at a  sentencing hearing for vehicular assault nearly three years ago was sent to prison this week.

Reysan Delos Santos Reyes pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court on June 9, 2008, to vehicular assault. Under the plea bargain, the prosecutor agreed to recommend a sentence of nine months in jail.

The sentencing hearing was set for the following month, but Reyes never showed. Instead, Judge Alan Hancock issued a $40,000 bench warrant for his arrest.

Reyes was finally back in custody last month. On Wednesday, Reyes was sentenced on the vehicular assault charge under the original plea bargain. But in addition, Reyes pleaded guilty to a new charge of bail jumping and agreed to an exceptional sentence of a year and a day in prison.

In court, Reyes apologized for skipping out before sentencing, but said he had to take care of his minor sister after their mother left town, according to Island County Prosecutor Eric Ohme.

Reyes was originally charged in connection with an accident that injured two people two days before Christmas in 2007. According to the report, Reyes was driving his two friends home in a 1999 Audi when the accident occurred on Madrona Way near Coupeville. Reyes had been drinking at a Christmas party at a now-defunct restaurant.

Reyes admitted that he was driving over the speed limit of 35 mph when he lost control at a curve. The car crossed into the other lane, hit an embankment and rolled onto the driver’s side.

Reyes was pinned inside the car and the two passengers were injured. One man suffered a fractured left arm, several fractured vertebrae and had to have his spleen removed; the other man received fractures to his left eye orbital bone, the report indicates.

Reyes’ blood alcohol level was tested at 0.14, which is above the legal limit at 0.08, court documents state.

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