CLACKAMAS, Ore. (KOIN) — A 72-year-old man was arrested for drunk driving and causing a crash that required a 5-year-old boy to be airlifted from the scene Sunday night.
The crash happened near the intersection of S. Fischers Mill near S. Princess Court around 8:15 p.m. near Redland, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.
A pickup truck, allegedly driven by Norman Dallas of Oregon City, lost control and hit an oncoming car driven by a woman with two children as passengers.
The boy was airlifted with severe facial injuries, but is expected to survive. The woman driver, Melissa Clark, was his aunt and she suffered a broken leg. The other child had minor injuries.
Clark was previously identified as the children’s mother.
Friends of the family are in shock over the accident.
“Seeing that many family members affected is really hard to see,” neighbor Michael Barrows said. “Being hit by someone that obviously had no regards for other people’s safety is hard to take.”
Dallas was arrested for DUII, second-, third- and fourth-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and three counts of reckless endangerment.
Investigators believe Dallas was twice the legal alcohol limit at the time of the crash and was driving about 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.
He’s being held in the Clackamas County Jail and made his first court appearance Monday.