Hearing today for man charged in DUI accident | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Hearing today for man charged in DUI accident

William Ferchland
Spencer Ore

A 40-year-old Carson City man will appear in court today on charges he was driving under the influence when the blue 1985 Chevrolet pickup he was driving caused a three-vehicle, six-injury crash.

Spencer Steven Ore is charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance causing substantial injury and driving with a prohibited amount of controlled substance, court records show.

Blood tests indicated Ore was under the influence of methamphetamine when the June 24 Glenbrook crash occurred.

On that day, a Friday, Ore was driving to Meyers with a friend when the Chevy he was driving drifted into the eastbound lane of Highway 50, striking a white 1990 Jeep Laredo driven by Lorraine Andrus, who was headed to Wal-Mart in Carson City, the court records stated.

Also in the Jeep was Andrus’ 2-year-old son. The child was in a seat restraint in the middle of the rear passenger row.

Andrus was taken to Washoe Medical Center by helicopter for her injuries while her child was reported unharmed by authorities but taken to Barton Memorial Hospital for observation.

Calls to Andrus, who has an address in South Lake Tahoe, were not answered.

Ore was also transported to Washoe Medical Center by helicopter.

A gold 2000 BMW driven by Loraine Davis, 59, was behind the Jeep and struck one of the cars, sending all three of the BMW’s occupants to Barton Memorial Hospital.

In a letter to the court, Ore expressed regret and apologized for “any pain and suffering that anyone may have suffered as a result of that day.”

He also detailed the hardships of the accident on him, such as being away from work which put a burden on paying bills and keeping up on child support.

“I cannot afford to miss a single day that I could be out working to support my responsibilities but (I) am willing to do weekends (in jail), probation, community service, et cetera, to pay my dues to the courts if this is at all possible.”

Ore is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. for a mandatory settlement conference, typically a hearing when the status of the case is discussed.

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