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Drunk driver who killed dog, injured pedestrian sentenced

Craig Brian Day II to spend six and a half months in jail
by: Contributed photo Craig Brian Day II

An intoxicated man who crashed into a dog, a pedestrian and a apartment building will serve 195 days in jail starting on Jan. 2.

Craig Brian Day II, 31, of Gresham pleaded guilty earlier this month to third-degree assault and was sentenced to 6 and a half months in jail, five years of probation and five years of having his driver's license suspended.

This summer, on Aug. 10, he pleaded guilty to second-degree animal abuse, criminal mischief and driving under the influence of intoxicants, for which he was sentenced to 45 days, or 1 and a half months in jail. He has already served that sentence.

Day veered off of West Powell Boulevard at 2:44 a.m. on April 24 and his 2001 Nissan Xterra crashed into a man walking his dog, then crashed into The Berry Ridge Apartments in the 2700 block of West Powell Boulevard.

The pedestrian, Joshua A. Grant, 41, of Gresham, sustained a broken elbow, pelvis and leg. His dog, a Labrador-Retriever mix named Diesel, died at the scene.

Day allegedly crashed into Grant and Diesel before crashing into an apartment building at the Berry Ridge Apartments.

Witnesses reported seeing Day's vehicle moments before the crash speeding 50 to 60 mph westbound on Powell when he apparently hit a curb at Bryn Mawr Way, causing the car to careen out of control and roll at least once before crashing into an apartment occupied by Marion Wood, 53. Wood was not injured.

Police found Day pinned behind the wheel of his vehicle. He was treated for head and neck injuries.

Investigators with the Vehicular Crash Team determined that speed and alcohol were factors in the crash. Day's blood-alcohol content was 0.26 percent, which is more than three times the state's legal limit of 0.08 percent.

As part of the sentence, which was the result of a plea agreement, Day must pay full restitution to Grant, who has settled a lawsuit against Day, as well as the Standing Room Only Bar and Grill in Gresham for allegedly over serving Day before the crash, said Grant's attorney David Giles.

Giles said Day reportedly consumed three 22-ounce beers and six mixed drinks before he got behind the wheel.

Day worked as a third-grade teacher at Hall Elementary School in the Gresham-Barlow School District at the time of the crash. He was filling in for a teacher on a leave of absence. When his contract expired at the end of the school year, the district did not renew it, said Athena Vadnais, district spokeswoman.