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Update: Baker City Man Arrested on Manslaughter, Assault Charges Following May Fatal Traffic Crash southwest of Baker City
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

A Baker City man is in custody following his arrest early Saturday morning by Baker County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) on a warrant stemming from a May 28, 2012 fatal traffic crash investigated by Oregon State Police (OSP).

DERRICK A. COATES, age 24, was taken into custody around midnight by BCSO deputies after they responded to a complaint call. COATES was lodged in the Baker County Jail on a felony warrant charging Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree after a Baker County grand jury indicted him and a warrant was issued for his arrest July 20, 2012.

The charges are the result of an OSP investigation into a May 28, 2012 fatal traffic crash involving a pickup driven by COATES and a group of motorcycles on Highway 7 near milepost 40. A 46-year old female operator of one motorcycle, LETA LOUISE CURREY from Pendleton, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The operator of a second motorcycle, JOANNE MOHRLAND, age 53, from Walla Walla, Washington, was critically injured. MOHRLAND has since been released from the hospital and is continuing to recover from her injuries.

OSP Senior Trooper Jeff Spencer was the lead investigator. Information regarding the fatal traffic crash is available on the OSP news release website section at: