California Man Charged With Assault; Woman In Coma

A 41-year-old California man was formally charged with assault in the first degree in Hood River Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon, while a woman is in a coma at a Portland hospital.  Matthew Shane Irwin appeared by video from NORCOR in The Dalles, as Circuit Judge John Olson set a cash bail of $50,000.  According to Hood River Police, officers responding to the citizen’s call Friday found Matthew Irwin’s girlfriend in the backseat of his SUV in a parking lot on West Cascade Avenue.  Hood River County District Attorney John Sewell said in court the woman is in a coma at Portland’s Emanuel Hospital.  Police said they believe the alleged assault took place Thursday evening in Cascade Locks.  Sewell said in court Irwin had been arrested 38 times in California, had done prison time there and had numerous parole and probation violations, has an outstanding warrant out for his arrest from Sacramento County, and was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants in Wyoming last year and on May 7 in Idaho.  Olson set Irwin’s next court appearance for June 8.  Irwin faces a minimum of 90 months and up to twenty years in prison if convicted on the assault charge.

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