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Man charged in White City crash that killed motorcyclists

A White City man is in the Jackson County Jail on accusations that his blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal driving limit during a crash that killed two people on a motorcycle.

Francisco Antonio Potterton, 22, is charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter and misdemeanor driving under the influence of intoxicants surrounding the Saturday crash, according to documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court.

At about 8:27 p.m. Saturday, Potterton was driving a 2016 Subaru Legacy when he collided with a Harley-Davidson motorcycle ridden by Eric James Jolman, 47, and Trinh Huynh Evans, 54, according to court documents filed by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Jolman died at the scene, and Evans succumbed to her injuries at a nearby hospital.

Potterton failed a field sobriety test, police say. After consenting to a breath test, Potterton blew a 0.22% BAC — nearly three times the legal limit of .08. Samples of Potterton’s blood and urine were obtained after a warrant was served.

A witness saw Potterton in the driver’s street talking on a phone after the crash, according to an affidavit filed by the sheriff’s office. During the conversation, “(Potterton)’s friend stated he told him not to drive.”

Potterton allegedly told an officer that he’d consumed three Travis Scott CACTI Agave spiked seltzers at a friend’s residence in Medford before the crash.

Potterton made his initial court appearance Monday, and Judge pro tem Paul Moser ordered no early release unless Potterton pays 10% bond on $500,000 bail.

Should Potterton post the $50,000 bond, Moser ordered Potterton not to contact the victim’s family, not to consume any intoxicants, not to drive without a valid license or insurance and to undergo supervised pretrial release.

Under Oregon’s Measure 11 law, manslaughter in the second degree carries a mandatory minimum 6-year, 3-month prison sentence.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.