Vehicular assault charges filed

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WALLA WALLA — The driver of a car that plowed into a parked sport utility vehicle late last week was formally charged Tuesday afternoon in Superior Court with causing substantial injuries to two of his passengers.

Jesus T. Sosapavon, 18, is accused of two counts of vehicular assault, which are felonies.

He allegedly was driving under the influence, recklessly or with disregard for others’ safety when the wreck occurred about 10:30 p.m. Friday in the 500 block of Washington Street.

Police say Sosapavon and three teenage passengers were traveling in a borrowed 2000 Pontiac at a high rate of speed when he overshot a curve in the road and struck the legally parked 2012 Dodge SUV.

Passengers identified as Carmen McKenna French and Brandon Hernandez reportedly were unconscious and unresponsive when law enforcement arrived.

Medics considered them in critical condition, according to a police report filed in court. But police spokesman Tim Bennett confirmed that all three passengers — including French’s twin sister Samantha K. French — were treated at local hospitals and released.

Sosapavon, of 800 Clay Street, “disclosed that he had consumed alcohol prior to driving the motor vehicle,” the police report says.

He was booked into the County Jail, with bail later set at $30,000.

U-B reporter Luke Hegdal contributed to this report.

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