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Bail set at $500,000 for teen in Vegas eatery crash
Written by KEN RITTER, Associated Press   
Thursday, 04 April 2013 13:18

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge set bail Thursday at $500,000 for an 18-year-old accused of being under the influence of prescription drugs when he plowed a speeding car into a crowded Las Vegas restaurant, injuring 10 people.

Suspect Gage James Lindsey conferred with his lawyer and said nothing as he stood in shackles before Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum. The judge gave prosecutors a week to file a criminal complaint stemming from Monday's crash. Arraignment was set for April 11.

Lindsey passed a blood-alcohol breath test after the crash, authorities said. Prosecutor Brian Rutledge said Thursday he was awaiting blood test results to determine what charges to file.

Lindsey was being held at the Clark County jail on felony reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of an accident charges.

The lunchtime crash upended sidewalk patio chairs and red umbrella tables Monday and pinned several diners beneath the vehicle after it smashed through a picture window at the Egg & I restaurant on Sahara Avenue.

Attorney Sean Sullivan told the judge that Lindsey's family planned to hire him. He said outside court that Lindsey planned to plead not guilty.

"He's like a deer in the headlights," Sullivan said.

Lindsey wouldn't be able to post bail, the lawyer said.

Witnesses and police said Lindsey tried to toss a pill of the prescription anti-anxiety medication Xanax and run from the crash scene before witnesses tackled him. Police said he told investigators he didn't have a prescription.

Lindsey allegedly said he blacked out behind the wheel of the Lexus LS 400 sedan that veered across a median, hit two other vehicles and careened into the popular breakfast and lunch eatery.

Two of the injured remained hospitalized Thursday in fair condition at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, a hospital spokeswoman said.

A passenger, David Roldan, 21, also was tackled by witnesses as he tried to run from the scene. Roldan was questioned by police at the scene but refused to talk with reporters. He wasn't charged with a crime.

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