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Hearing postponed for truck driver that killed 5 bicyclists near Las Vegas

The Associated Press
This Mohave County Jail booking photo shows Jason Alexander Barson, 45, of Kingman, Ariz., following his arrest Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, on felony driving under the influence and reckless driving charges. Barson is accused of having methamphetamine in his system when the box truck he was driving struck a group of bicyclists, killing five and injuring several others, Dec. 10, 2020, on U.S. 95 near Searchlight, Nev.. (Mohave County Sheriff's Office via AP)

LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas judge postponed the initial hearing for a truck driver who struck and killed five bicyclists in Southern Nevada on Dec. 10 in order for the defendant to quarantine and minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Authorities arrested Jordan Alexander Barson, 45, in Kingman, Arizona on Dec. 16 and subsequently transferred him to Clark County Detention Center, where all arriving inmates are tested and housed in “intake modules” upon arrival.

Barson allegedly crashed his box truck into a group of recreational cyclists completing a loop through the desert on U.S. 95 between Boulder City and Searchlight, Nevada. He told investigators he fell asleep at the wheel. However, blood tests showed he had almost 950 nanograms per milliliter of methamphetamine in his system, prosecutor Eric Bauman said.

No amount of methamphetamine is legal, but Bauman said criminal charges are typically not filed unless blood amounts top 100 nanograms per milliliter.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum set another hearing for Wednesday, Dec. 30, when Barson is expected to have a lawyer representing him on 14 felony charges, including reckless driving and driving under the influence resulting in death or substantial bodily harm.