Conley arraigned in Bradley County Court

Preliminary hearing set for Wednesday, January 11; bond set at $500,000

BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — 42-year-old Patricke Conley, the man charged with several criminal vehicular charges on Christmas, was arraigned in court today.

Conley entered a not-guilty plea Thursday afternoon and is accused of causing a deadly Christmas day crash that killed a Walker Valley teacher and her husband.

He’s been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and three counts of vehicular assault — both by intoxication and with an open container allegation.

“I am going to set your bond today at $500,000,” said Bradley County Criminal Judge Clay Collins to Conley. “If you make that bond, you are going to have to receive an ankle monitor from misdemeanor probation prior to release, as well as a SCRAM device and weekly drug testing.”

The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that Conley crossed a median head-on into a Jeep Sunday evening that was holding a family of five.

33-year-old Brittany and Dustin Dillard were killed, while their children were injured but survived.

The family was present in the courtroom Thursday afternoon, but did not provide a comment.

“I’m going to set you today for a preliminary hearing in this matter two weeks from today,” Collins said to Conley. “I’m going to set it at 1:30 on Wednesday, January 11.”

Conley is currently in custody in Bradley County Jail.

Following the couple’s passing, Bradley County Schools stated on Twitter that they are “heartbroken” for the family’s loss.

They have since said in a press release that the “health of the boys is improving” and that a trust fund for their long-term care has been established by CrossNet Baptist Network.

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