Educator’s trial on DUI-related death charges set to begin

Triplicate Staff

Former assistant principal Coulter Mann is scheduled to go to trial Tuesday for his involvement in what the District Attorney's Office contends was an alcohol-related vehicle accident that killed a man.

Mann, who was Crescent Elk Middle School's assistant principal at the time of the wreck, faces charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury with an enhancement of great bodily injury, driving at or above 0.08 blood alcohol content causing injury with two enhancements of excessive blood alcohol content and great bodily injury and failure to drive on the traveled portion of the roadway.

The charges stem from a crash last Dec. 21. Mann was driving his 2003 GMC Sierra truck north on U.S. Highway 101 when, at around 8:54 p.m., it veered into the southbound lane and hit a 2005 Ford Focus that 67-year-old Klamath resident Kenneth G. Jones was driving south of Fred Haight Drive, California Highway Patrol Officer Ted Luna said during a preliminary hearing.

Jones died at the scene.

Mann registered a 0.20 blood alcohol content about two hours after the crash, Luna said.

The legal BAC limit in California is 0.08.

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