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Bail stays at $1.5 million for former Sacramento chef in DUI death

Joseph Anthony Short
Joseph Anthony Short Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

Bail will remain at $1.5 million for the midtown Sacramento chef held on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter in the April death of a motorist on Highway 50.

Joseph Anthony Short, 34, who was chef de cuisine at Paragary Restaurant at the time of the deadly April 24 collision, faces three charges in all, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing death and driving under the influence of alcohol.

A bail hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Goodman, but defense attorneys on Tuesday dropped their motion to review Short’s bail. Short remains held at Sacramento County Main Jail and returns to court June 20.

Prosecutors say Shortwas behind the wheel of a car that slammed into another vehicle driven by 51-year-old David Condell, killing the man.

His bail was increased at an April hearing to $1.5 million from $310,000, at the request of Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Kelly Clark, who noted that Short’s blood-alcohol content was 0.35 – more than four times the legal limit of 0.08 – at the time of the incident.

Condell had stopped along the roadside to help his wife, whose car ran out of gas, and was in his car when prosecutors say Short’s car crashed into Condell’s when he tried to pass on the roadway shoulder. The crash’s impact shoved Condell’s car into his wife Tian Condell’s car and sent Short’s vehicle across the highway where it struck a vehicle traveling east in the far-left lane.

Authorities had received numerous calls in the minutes before the fatal wreck of a car weaving in and out of traffic on Highway 50.

Short pleaded no contest in 2010 to a charge of driving under the influence, according to Sacramento Superior Court records. Clark said Short’s blood alcohol content was 0.36 in that incident.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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