An Astoria man pleaded not guilty to a number of charges Monday after he allegedly crashed a car while drunk earlier this month, killing his passenger.
Jason Don Martin, 39, allegedly drove a 1989 Ford Bronco off an embankment on the northbound side of Lief Erikson Drive near the Crest Motel about 1:50 p.m. Nov. 11. The car struck a tree, killing Shannon Inniss, 44, of Astoria.
One of two dogs in the car also died at the scene, while Martin was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital, treated, released and arrested. Tests of blood and urine samples taken from Martin have not been completed yet.
Martin was indicted on charges of first-degree manslaughter, first-degree animal abuse, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving. He appeared in court Monday for a second time via video from the Clatsop County Jail while sitting in a wheelchair. Circuit Court Judge Paula Brownhill kept his bail at $250,000.
Martin has no previous criminal history in Oregon. If convicted, he will face up to 23 years in prison.
Martin is scheduled for an early resolution conference in December.