PENDLETON - A National Guardsman was arraigned for first-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide Thursday for a September car crash that killed a fellow soldier stationed at the Umatilla Chemical Depot.
Adam Michael Herrera, 23, of Conroe, Texas, was allegedly driving drunk, according to an indictment. He also was charged with third-degree assault in the incident.
Herrera spent Thursday night in jail on $50,000 bail, but a superior officer bailed him out Friday morning, and he is under supervision of the military, said Umatilla County District Attorney Chris Brauer.
Pendleton attorney Robert Klahn is representing Herrera as private counsel.
The indictment was issued Oct. 2, and a warrant was issued for Herrera's arrest, but Herrera had been sent back to Texas by the military to recuperate from the crash.
When he returned to service in Washington, he turned himself in.
He is next scheduled to appear in court March 3.
National Guardsman Michael David Perkins, originally from Nacogdoches, Texas, was killed in the crash Sept. 7. Another soldier passenger, Phillip Cretchfield, also a Texan, was injured.
The soldiers reportedly had been drinking in the Tri-Cities, and the crash occurred on their trip home to the base, at the intersection of Interstate 82 and Highway 730.
Herrera is not stationed at the depot any more, said a depot representative.
The depot took quick action to implement safe-drinking measures, including a designated driver program, a cab service, and increased on-base and off-base activities.