PORTLAND -- The man accused of crashing into a pedestrian and killing her while he was driving drunk in downtown Portland was still in jail after a hearing Monday, to determine if he could await his trial under house arrest.
A Multnomah County judge reduced Brent Warstler's bail from nearly $300,000 to $50,000 Monday morning.It was not yet posted and he remained in jail.
Warstler, 42, of Cornelius, faces multiple charges including manslaughter and DUII in the Jan. 20 crash that killed 20-year-old Becky Bray of Gresham.
Bray was walking along a sidewalk in Old Town with her best friend Brandi Butner when she was hit and killed. The two had been celebrating Butner's 21st birthday. Butner, of Fairview, said Warstler's pickup truck ran a red light, hit a cab and then hit them.
I just remember seeing him hit the taxi cab and him coming toward us, but it happened, you know, within seconds. There was no way I could push her or me out of the way, she said.
Bray was pronounced dead at the scene. Butner suffered severe pelvic injuries. She has had two major surgeries and doctors told her that because of the accident, she may never be able to have another child.
Warstler's release did include special requirements. He must wear an ankle bracelet that monitors alcohol use, he can not drive without court permission and he must attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. His trial is scheduled to begin on March 14.
Butner spoke out from her bed at a Gresham rehabilitation center before Warstler's hearing, saying that she felt strongly he did not deserve to be let out of jail before the trial.
He's 42 years old. He's a grown adult. He should know not to drink and drive, said Butner through tears during the exclusive interview with KGW. I'm getting punished staying in here and I can't hold my 6-month-old baby... He doesn't deserve to go home and be with his family. I can't be with mine. Becky's never going to be able to come home, either.
Butner's parents are now caring for her infant son while she recovers at the rehab center.