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Posted: Thursday, February 2, 2012 12:00 am

The young man accused of driving intoxicated and causing the head-on crash that killed Mountain Fifes and Drums leader Kevin William Garland last year will stand trial on five felony charges, a judge ruled last week.

San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Douglas N. Gericke ordered Travis William May, 21, of Rancho Cucamonga, to be arraigned on Wednesday following an hour-and-a-half preliminary hearing.

May remains in custody at Central Detention Center on $350,000 bail. He has been in custody since his arrest last Aug. 14. He was arrested at work and offered no resistance, a San Bernardino police detective said.

May is charged with one count each of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury and driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level of .08 and causing bodily injury

Garland, who suffered blunt-force trauma in the collision, died at the scene. May was not injured.

Testimony at the preliminary hearing was given by five witnesses, including San Bernardino Police officers, who outlined the accident and its investigation for Deputy District Attorney Beth Houser.

One of those officers, Sgt. Dave Carlson, testified that May had acknowledged having had a drinking problem since he was 17.

Carlson also testified that May had said he'd taken the same Highway 18 curve-where a suggested speed of 30 mph is posted- previously at 60 to 65 mpn in his Chevrolet S-10 pickup, but that he had bought a new Ford F-250 turbo diesel truck less than a month before.

That truck, Carlson told this newspaper on Wednesday, was apparently unable to take the same curve safely.

Carlson also said the results of May's blood-aocohol test showed he had a reading of between .085 and .09, above the .08 level that qualifies someone as driving under the influence.

However, Carlson said, May was 20 at the time, and the legal limit for DUI for a driver under 21 is .05.

Defense attorney H. Charles Smith presented no affirmative evidence for May, according to court records. Judge Gericke said May's case has been assigned to Judge R. Glenn Yabuno.

The accident which led to May's arrest occurred on May 4, 2011, at 8:44 p.m. on Highway 18, south of upper Waterman Canyon.

Investigators from the San Bernardino Police Department said May, who worked at the time as a mechanic for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, was speeding when he lost control of his Ford F250 pickup on a curve, crossed the center lines and slammed into Garland's Jeep Wrangler.

At the time, investigators said, Garland was returning home from his job as a program director and music therapist at Patton State Hospital.

May reportedly told officers at the scene that he had been driving at 65 to 70 miles per hour when he lost control in a 30-mph curve.

On Aug. 22, 2011, May's attorneys argued for either a reduction in bail or that he be released. Instead, Judge Michael M. Dest raised his bail by $100,000.

Garland, 48, was co-founder and director of Mountain Fifes and Drums, which performs historic and patriotic music in 18th-century costumes at concert venues around the country.

He was also the worship minister at Twin Peaks Community Church and was active in the Civil Air Patrol.


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