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Man charged in 2011 deadly Canyon Road crash is arraigned

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 27, 2012 at 11:05 am |
February 27, 2012 11:08 am

A 23-year-old Spanaway man charged in a deadly crash last year on Canyon Road made his first court appearance this morning.

Christopher Stuart Doty pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and failure to have an ignition interlock device.  Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Doty held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $100,000.

Prosecutors allege Doty was driving an Oldsmobile Cierra when it crashed about 9 p.m. Oct. 1 in the 18500 block of Canyon Road. The car’s passenger, 25-year-old Dylan T. Duff, died.

Witnesses told Pierce County sheriff’s deputies the Cierra was “riding the bumper” of a truck and “laying on the horn” right before the crash.  The car went onto the dirt shoulder in an attempt to pass the truck, then lost control and flipped onto its roof.

A deputy noted that Doty smelled of alcohol. Tests showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.14 shortly after the crash. The legal limit in Washington is 0.08.

Doty has a previous conviction for DUI and was required to have an ignition device that prevents his vehicle from starting unless someone sober blows into a tube. He had a device on his regular vehicle, a 1996 Ford Escort, court records show. The Cierra did not belong to him and had no such device, the records state.

During Doty’s arraignment today, Foley prohibited Doty from refusing future breath and blood tests, driving with a BAC greater than 0.00 and driving without a valid driver’s license and insurance.

If he’s released from jail, he’s been ordered to register for electronic home monitoring coupled with an alcohol reaction system to monitor his alcohol consumption.

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