Bail set for accused drunk driver in deadly Mesquite crash

Joyce Lupiani

Bail set for accused drunk driver in deadly Mesquite crash

CREATED Apr. 1, 2013

Mesquite, NV (KTNV) -- The 18-year-old man accused of driving drunk and killing five people from California this past weekend near Mesquite appeared in court this morning.

Jean Soriano of Utah appeared before a judge in the Moapa Township Justice Court.

He is being charged with five felony counts of driving under the influence resulting in death; two counts of bodily harm for the other two people injured in the crash; driving without a license; and failure to reduce speed or use due care.

His bail was set at $3.5 million because the court believed he is a flight risk and a possible danger to others.

All the people killed were from Southern California and members of the same family. The Clark County coroner released their identifications on Sunday.

The crash happened at around 3 a.m. Saturday morning on Interstate 15 just south of Mesquite.

According to the arrest report for Soriano, Soriano told a police officer at a hospital after the crash that he had "some Budweiser beer" before the accident.

When he was asked how many he had, Soriano responded "too many."

Soriano was on his way to Las Vegas from St. George, Utah, when he crashed into the van.

Soriano will be assigned a public defender. His next court date is April 10. He is being held at the Clark County Detention Center.