UPDATE: Bond set at $1 million for intoxication manslaughter suspect
BEAUMONT — Bond is set at $1 million for a suspected drunk driver after a fatal head-on collision Thursday.
Criminal District Court Judge John Stevens Jr. set bond which included a set of conditions for Nathan Stephens, 36, of Dayton.
Shortly after 1 a.m. May 28, the driver of a pickup truck was traveling eastbound in the inside westbound lane of Interstate 10 near Taylor Bayou. The driver of the truck struck a white passenger vehicle driven by Hannah Elizabeth Willis, 24, of Beaumont, who was traveling in the inside westbound lane of Interstate 10. Upon impact, the vehicles caught fire, according to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Willis died on impact and the driver of the pickup truck, identified as Stephens, was transported in serious condition by medical helicopter to Christus Hospital-St. Elizabeth in Beaumont.
After Stephens was released from the hospital, State Troopers immediately took him into custody. Stephens has been booked into the Jefferson County jail and faces several charges, including intoxication manslaughter.
Reasons for the conditions set forth by the judge include the following: The suspect was reportedly traveling the wrong way on Interstate 10 at the time of the crash and toxicology reports from the hospital indicate the suspect was “severely intoxicated,” according to information from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.
The conditions include bond supervision by the Jefferson County Probation Department with all standard bond conditions and weekly reporting, installation of an ignition interlock device, absolutely no alcohol or controlled substances without a valid prescription and the wearing of a secure continuous remote alcohol monitor device to ensure his compliance with the alcohol prohibition and he incur the costs of the monitoring and he is barred from any premise that sells alcohol, according to information from the DA’s office.
The suspect also has a criminal history from 1998 to 2015 that includes prior convictions for driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and public intoxication.
The criminal offense of intoxication manslaughter is a 2nd Degree Felony that is punishable by prison time between 2-20 years and a fine not to exceed $10,000.