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Empty alcohol bottles found in car, Suarez-Sanchez previously convicted of assault, DUII and animal abuse

A head-on collision Monday, Jan. 17 resulted in the death of AnnaMarie Wallace, 56, of Metolius.

Sergeant Jason Hansen of the Oregon State Police responded to the crash. Hansen reported noticing open containers of alcohol on the scene from the vehicle operated by Sergio Suarez-Sanchez. Hansen reported: "The Tahoe's glove box had been broken open as a result of the crash, and an empty bottle of vodka was in plain view."

John Wallace provided his account of the events to Sgt. Holbrook. Wallace stated that he was heading northbound on State Highway 361 when he saw a southbound vehicle swerve like it was going into a driveway. Wallace stated that the black Tahoe then veered left and struck the his vehicle, the Dodge truck.

While in the hospital, officers were notified that Suarez-Sanchez had a blood alcohol content of .096 at the time of his medical draw at St. Charles Madras.

Since his release from the hospital, Sergio Suarez-Sanchez has been in custody on charges of first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault in the third degree (DUII), driving under the influence of intoxicants (alcohol), alcohol, reckless driving, reckless endangering and criminal mischief II. At the time of his arrest, he was on probation, with a no-alcohol stipulation.

Suarez-Sanchez has previously faced multiple misdemeanor and felony charges in Jefferson and Deschutes counties dating back to 2002.

His rap sheet includes second-, third- and fourth-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. According to the 2018 police report, Suarez-Sanchez was arrested on charges of aggravated animal abuse in the first degree, assault in the fourth degree and unlawful use of a weapon among others.

At the incident involving animal abuse, the officer took a statement from a victim who had climbed out the bedroom window with her three children to escape Suarez-Sanchez, who had become belligerently drunk.

The report states that the previous night, Suarez-Sanchez had become angry at the family cat for biting a child. He then beat the cat's mouth into the door frame until it bled and poured hydrogen peroxide and alcohol into the cat's eyes, before shooting it multiple times with a pellet gun. He reportedly did this in front of the three children in the home.

In 2016, he was convicted of assault and harassment in relation to a domestic violence incident where he caused a woman's face to bleed. He was convicted on charges of fourth-degree assault, harassment, reckless endangering another person, disorderly conduct and unlawful use of a weapon.

Suarez-Sanchez is currently in custody at the Jefferson County Jail awaiting his arraignment on Wednesday, Jan. 26. His original attorney has withdrawn due to conflict of interest.

The accident occurred on Jan. 17 at approximately 10:35 a.m. when a black Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Sergio Suarez-Sanchez, 36, of Madras, swerved into the northbound lane and struck a gray Dodge 3500, operated by John Wallace, 60, of Metolius. His wife, AnnaMarie, was a passenger.

All three involved were transported to the hospital. Suarez-Sanchez was later taken via air ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Bend. AnnaMarie Wallace was treated at St. Charles Madras, where she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at approximately 12:09 p.m.

AnnaMarie was a nurse for 21 years, working mainly at PeaceHealth Riverbend Hospital in Springfield. She had four children and 11 grandchildren.


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