From prison, Jeremy Jordan tries to tell his story (and the DA responds)

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“He [Jeremy Jordan] implies that he is new to the criminal system and that his serious crimes are, at heart, the result of an “accident” fueled by an alcohol problem he did not know he had. This is far from the truth.”
— Michael Schrunk, Multnomah County District Attorney

31-year old Jeremy Jordan, who was sentenced to 70 months in prison after being charged with hit-and-run and DUII in November 2008, is now reaching out to the public and the media to tell his side of the story.

In the early morning hours of May 10th, 2008 an intoxicated Jordan stole beer from a Safeway store clerk (who refused to sell it to him), sped out of a parking lot and struck Eric Davidson, who was biking down NE 69th near Fremont. Jordan did not stop to check on Davidson and was caught by police shortly thereafter.

Davidson — who was more heavily intoxicated than Jordan — sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury from which he will never fully recover (his wife kept a daily blog of his recovery).

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Valentine’s Day dance will benefit Eric Davidson

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Friends of Eric Davidson — the 36-year old man who was the victim of a hit-and-run in Northeast Portland last May — are putting on a benefit dance to help defray his medical expenses.

Here’s the info:

In celebration of the almighty power of love, Nemo Design and Infinity Images will be hosting a Valentine’s Day dance and benefit on February 14, 2009 to raise money for our good friend Eric Davidson. The benefit will take place between 9pm and 1am at 1875 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97214.

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Drunk hit-and-run driver pleads guilty

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Screenshot of Anna-Carin Davidson’s blog.

Jeremy Jordan pled guilty yesterday to second-degree assault and drunk driving. Back in May, Jordan sped out of a Safeway parking lot and struck Eric Davidson as he pedaled down Fremont Street in Northeast Portland.

Jordan, who was angry at being refused alcohol by the store clerk, left Eric lying in the road and was arrested a short time thereafter. Jordan had a blood-alcohol level of .18 and Davidson had a blood alcohol level of .25.*

The Oregonian reports:

Jeremy Keith Jordan, 31, is expected to be sentenced next month to almost six years in prison.

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Fundraiser planned for hit-and-run victim

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Back in May, 36 year-old Eric Davidson was seriously injured when he was allegedly struck while riding his bike by 30 year-old Jeremy Jordan. Mr. Jordan — who has since been arrested for hit-and-run — was allegedly speeding out of a Safeway parking lot in Northeast Portland when the collision occurred.

Eric is still on the long road to recovery from his life-threatening injuries. Nearly three months have passed since the crash, and still, even the simple feat of walking is celebrated by his loved ones.

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Fundraiser for Eric Davidson

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I wanted to notify you of a benefit fundraiser coming up this Sunday for Eric Davidson, the bicyclist injured May 10 while biking near the Safeway supermarket on Fremont Street in Northeast Portland. The event is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 10, at Fremont Ridge Bar and Grill, 5103 N.E. Fremont Street, Portland, Ore. There will be a silent auction and barbecue, with the net proceeds going to the Davidson family.

Any press you can give this event would be greatly appreciated. Tickets are $10 at the door, which entitles holders to bid on any of the auction items and eat free at the all-you-can-eat barbecue. Auction items include a Sun-brand Boardwalk cruiser bicycle, lawn power mower and more. BTW, you can check out Eric Davidson’s recovery progress at his wife’s blog, http://aceanderic.wordpress.com/.

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

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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.

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Updated: Arrest made in NE Portland hit-and-run

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[Updated: 8:31am, 2:13pm, Monday 10:13am) – Please see end of story for updates.]

Jeremy Jordan was arrested
Saturday afternoon.
(PPB booking photo)

The Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team was called to the scene of a serious injury hit-and-run that occurred at 2:44 am this morning (Saturday, 5/10) at the 6900 block of NE Fremont St. (just north of Sandy Blvd).

According to the PPB, officers have determined that 30 year-old Jeremy Jordan entered a nearby Safeway to buy some beer. When employees refused, he reportedly attempted to steal the beer.

Jordon then ran to his car and began to drive out of the parking lot “at a high rate of speed”.

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