PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Seven people were injured, one critically, early Sunday morning in Southeast Portland when one driver allegedly hit two other vehicles, pushing one into a building.
Nathan William Wisbeck, 26, was arrested after the crashes and faces multiple charges.
Around 2:20 a.m., Portland police said in a release, Wisbeck crashed his pickup truck into a car full of people at the intersection of Southeast 12th Avenue and Morrison Street.
He didn’t stop, so at least one of the four people in the car called 911 as they started following his Toyota pickup.
A few minutes later and a few blocks away, “there was a lot of yelling going on,” said neighbor Sarah Nolde, jolted out of her sleep. “And I could kind of here people were very upset with the driver.”
Wisbeck allegedly ran a stop sign at 20th Avenue and broadsided a van, which rolled onto the driver’s side and crashed into a building at 20th and Madison.
“It was kind of frightening,” Nolde said. “I just heard a very loud crash and went out to my patio and watched it kind of unfold.”
Emergency crews arrived and pulled the van’s driver, Sarah Grace Anderson, 28, and her male passenger out and rushed them to the hospital.
Anderson suffered serious injuries but is expected to recover. Her passenger, also 28, is in critical condition with injuries described by Portland police as being life-threatening.
“We say it over and over again: Do not drink and drive,” said Portland Police Bureau Spokesperson Pete Simpson. “It’s an example of what can happen when people drink and get behind the wheel.”
Police issued Anderson a DUII citation at the hospital.
Wisbeck also was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released and then arrested. He faces charges of Assault in the second degree, felony DUII, Hit-and-Run, and Reckless Driving.
In all, three cars were involved and seven people were injured and taken to the hospital. Two people were cited for drinking and driving.
“It’s really a freak occurrence to have the accidents all together,” Simpson said. “But there is one common theme — and that’s alcohol.”