DUII charge follows pickup rolling into Jennings Lodge house
Several citizens stepped in to detain a person who attempted to flee the scene of a crash on Saturday evening, Clackamas County deputies said.
Several people called 911 after a pickup crashed on Southeast Jennings Avenue near Oatfield Road around 7 p.m. June 13. During the crash, the pickup rolled and eventually hit a house in Jennings Lodge, an unincorporated area between Milwaukie and Gladstone.
Deputies arrived at the scene of the crash to find a group of people watching, and several others preventing the driver from leaving. Authorities identified the "agitated" suspect as 37-year-old Richard Allen Ellis Jr., who complained people were trying to fight him. When the responding deputy explained they were trying to keep him from leaving, Ellis reportedly confirmed to police that he was trying to leave to go home.
The crash investigation indicated that Ellis had been driving east on Jennings Avenue in a Toyota pickup when he drove off the road, went through a front yard, hit the front porch of a home and then rolled the truck.
Paramedics were called to the scene, but Ellis refused to be checked and instead wanted to go to the hospital. While at the hospital, deputies were granted a search warrant for a blood sample so that they could test his blood alcohol content.
Ellis was later charged with DUII, criminal mischief and hit and run.
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