Convicted Tidewater drunk driver David Juenke was told in court Tuesday that his $500,000 bail would not be reduced making it likely he’ll remain in jail until another set of drunk driving charges against him, in addition to badly hurting a 9 year old Waldport girl, are handled by the court. Juenke sought a reduction in bail so that he might be released until the case is settled and his sentence is given, which could very well include prison time. He’ll be back in court again on October 29th before Judge Littlehales in Lincoln County Circuit Court.
A county grand jury charged Juenke with drunk driving, assault, reckless endangerment and driving on a revoked license on June 26th as he drove his pick-up along Highway 34, straight into the path of an oncoming car that held a 9 year old Waldport girl and her grandparents. The impact demolished both vehicles and sent all four to hospitals, some by medical helicopter. Most seriously injured was 9 year old Katelyn Carlson of Waldport who suffered such extensive internal injuries she was helicoptered to a children’s trauma center in Portland where she went under extentive treatment. Juenke was also hospitalized. Katelyn’s grandparents were not so seriously injured.