Drunk driver charged with hit-and-run of nine cars on I-205
Law enforcement from several agencies responded on Thursday, Aug. 19, to a reckless driver who hit at least nine cars on I-205, starting in Multnomah County and ending in West Linn.
According to a press release from Oregon State Police, several callers informed police dispatch of a green pickup truck swerving into other vehicles and continuing southbound on the freeway shortly before 5 p.m. The first collisions reported occurred around Powell Boulevard. The driver, later identified as John Schlarb, 71, continued south, hitting more vehicles, before taking the 10th Street exit in West Linn. After stopping at the exit, Schlarb began vomiting, according to OSP.
As a state trooper arrived at the 10th Street exit, Schlarb reportedly got back in his car in an attempt to drive off, but was stopped by the trooper.
Schlarb reportedly resisted as the trooper attempted to pull him from the truck. Officers managed to pull him from the vehicle once more troopers and deputies from Clackamas County Sheriff's Office arrived.
However, once Schlarb was out of the vehicle, the truck began to roll as it was not in gear. An off-duty Clackamas County Sheriff's deputy who had stopped to assist in the incident reportedly held onto the truck and yelled for help before a trooper managed to pull the emergency break.
"The suspect continued disobeying lawful orders but was eventually subdued and taken into custody," the press release stated. "Currently, there are no reported injuries to officers or victims."
By 7:15 p.m. last night, law enforcement learned of nine vehicles hit by Schlarb, but OSP asked anyone with more information on the incident to call OSP dispatch at 800-442-0776 and reference case number SP21236788.
Schlarb was booked in Clackamas County Jail on charges of DUI, resisting arrest, interfering with a peace officer, hit-and-run property damage, reckless driving, reckless endangerment of another person and criminal mischief.
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