Suspect in vehicular homicide case back in court

Woman arrested last month while out on bail accused of again violating release conditions

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter

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A woman who was arrested last month on drug-related allegations while out on bail in an April 2014 vehicular homicide case was back in court Friday for apparently violating her release conditions again.

Tanya M. Leffler, 35, of Battle Ground appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Friday morning for not reporting to supervised release after posting bail in the new case, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said in a phone interview. She also apparently provided supervised release with an address where she wasn’t residing, he said.

Leffler had made a first appearance Aug. 26 on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver and two counts of manufacturing marijuana. She was arrested the previous day after a warrant search of her house by detectives with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Leffler was already facing a charge of vehicular homicide in connection with the death of motorcyclist James Luden, 54, of Vancouver, on April 14, 2014.

She is suspected of driving under the influence of methamphetamine and crashing into Luden while he was stopped at a traffic light on Vancouver’s Padden Parkway. Luden was pronounced dead at the scene, court records said.

In the latest case, Clark County sheriff’s detectives served a search warrant on Aug. 26 at Leffler’s residence at 13 S.W. 10th St. in Battle Ground. Detectives said they saw Leffler give what appeared to be drugs to a man outside her residence. The substance field-tested positive for meth, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Officers searched the residence and reportedly found 64 marijuana plants in pots, 26 plants in the backyard and 38 plants in the garage. The residence is not a registered medical marijuana grow, court records said. Additionally, officers seized about 7 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a digital scale and packaging materials from Leffler’s bedroom. They also found a notebook with names and dollar amounts next to them, court documents said.

During her hearing, the judge revoked Leffler’s release in both cases and set a new bail amount for each, for a total of $400,000, Vu said.

He said that Leffler indicated that she or a family member was going to post the new bail amount, and the court set new conditions.