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Hit-and-run driver posts bail, released from custody

Posted by on May 30th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

Jeremy Jordan. Out on bail.
(Photo: Mult. Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Jeremy Jordan, the driver in a hit-and-run on May 10 in Northeast Portland has posted bail (10% of the $307,500 total bail amount) and has been released from custody.

Jordan attempted to steal beer from a Safeway store after being refused service. When he drove out of the parking lot — at a “high rate of speed” according to investigators — he collided with Eric Davidson, who was riding his bike down NE Fremont Street.

The collision left Davidson with serious injuries and he is still in the hospital. According to a blog by Davidson’s wife devoted to his recovery effort, he just underwent four hours of back surgery yesterday.

Jordan was arrested the same day of the incident and was being held by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. He faces serious charges that include robbery, assault II, reckless endangerment, and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

According to Deputy District Attorney Chuck Sparks, the court denied a request by Jordan’s lawyers to reduce his bail amount at a hearing earlier this week. The total amount Jordan would have had to pay is 10% of the total bail amount, and he is obligated under a promissory note for the balance.

The first trial for this case is scheduled for July 2.

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  • KTesh May 30, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Bail? He should be put into a leeky metal can, and handed a teaspoon, and dropped from altitude into the pacific some hundreds of miles offshore…

    Let him bail himself out of that…

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  • encephalopath May 30, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    No, he deserves a trial with all the evidence for the crimes he is accused of presented in public and properly adjudicated.

    I\’m quite pleased he is going to get exactly that.

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  • Andrew May 30, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    I doubt that someone in this situation had an easy time coming up with $30,000. I imagine he had to take a lien out on his house (or ask a parent or loved one to do the same), beg, plead, borrow and otherwise humiliate himself. I\’m not saying that he deserves to be free, necessarily. I\’m only saying that he likely didn\’t stroll out of the county jail twirling his walking stick and tipping his top hat. My thoughts are with the Davidsons.

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  • nahbois May 30, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Sometimes i wonder if justice even exists. This guy gets to go home to his family, while Eric lays in a coma fighting for his life each and every day.

    Maybe now that this guy is out and free to walk around he might have some time to mow their lawn or help them with grocery shopping since Eric\’s family is busy sitting by his bed side.

    At the very least I hope he apologizes or at least lets the family know that he is remorseful – no matter what his attorney may advise.

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  • Russ May 30, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    While I may be wrong, the posts in the original thread show that at others close to him are already rationalizing why what he did isn\’t completely his fault and why he shouldn\’t be held accountable for his actions.

    I hope he\’s not only full of self-pity about how his life has been turned around, but I wouldn\’t be surprised to find out just that.

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  • wsbob May 30, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    It costs the public a lot of money to babysit someone in jail. There\’s a shortage of room for offenders. Let him have his trial and hope that whatever sentence is assigned him, if he\’s convicted, will prevent him from harming anyone else.

    The difficulty or lack of, his ability to come up with the bail is secondary in importance of the ability of the bail amount to keep him from fleeing. I hope the bail was set high enough to do that.

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  • peejay May 31, 2008 at 9:33 am

    And if anyone finds out he\’s allowed anywhere near a car again…

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  • Duncan May 31, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Maybe we should get him a bike so that he can visit his daughter until his sentencing?

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  • tonyt June 1, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    From the blog about Eric\’s progress;

    \”It’s going to take years of rehab . . .\”

    Something for the prosecutor and judge to keep in mind.

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  • Zach June 1, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Rest assured that prosecutors love throwing the book at people who deserve it – they spend most of their time dealing with drug dealers, petty criminals, and identity thieves who spend their lives going around the revolving door of our justice system.

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  • Dave June 2, 2008 at 7:45 am

    I\’m of the opinion that chronically dangerous drivers are not human beings.
    Can\’t they microchip these vermin and track them?

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  • Grimm June 2, 2008 at 8:31 am

    I don\’t know how I feel about this. As a cyclist and knowing Eric\’s wife im distraught he is out, especially while Eric lays in a hospital bed. As a citizen however I think that its expensive to let him sit there. As a human I recognize that he has a family and he will most likely be serving time (hopefully) before long so it would be a halfway decent to let his kids see and remember him before he is behind bars. As long as he is not out driving or skipping town I guess it is not inappropriate to let him out on bail.

    And what is with only having to post 10% of bail to get out?

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  • Patrick June 2, 2008 at 8:42 am

    10% cash and the balance paid by a bondsman. If he dosen\’t show for court, a bondsman will be hunting him.

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  • Rosa Swezey June 4, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    I know for sure we need to be turning to God for prayer for Eric &family.

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  • Russ June 30, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Anyone have any info about this case?

    His booking detail shows all charges \”disposed\”.


    Anyone going to make the initial court date on the 2nd?

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  • Russ July 23, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Just got this email back from the DA after inquiring about the case:

    DA case number 2140772, State of Oregon v. Jeremy Jordan, is still in
    open status with a current trial date of 09/23/08. The senior deputy
    district attorney assigned to the case is Chuck Sparks. You may reach
    Mr. Sparks directly at 503-988-3717 or his legal assistant at
    503-988-3268. Mr. Sparks is out of the office at this time but will
    return next week.

    I\’ll post it in the forums when they come back up. Speaking of, if you read this Johnathan, can you do follow ups as possible on serious injury/death collisions?

    I\’m curious about what\’s going on with the Austin Miller and Jarolimek lawsuits as well as many of the other crash outcomes from the last few years.

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