HILLSBORO, Ore. (KOIN 6) — When a jeep crashed into 58-year-old James Attaway’s Scholls property late Thursday night, he went to investigate the commotion, handgun in hand.
The driver, 27-year-old Hunter Tintera, was attempting to flee the scene – where he had substantially damaged the fence and yard — so Attaway fired his gun into the ground until Tintera stopped.
Tintera failed to negotiate a curve on SW Hillsboro Highway, and came within feet of Attaway’s house. Extensive damage to the front of the vehicle, and two flat tires, were making Tintera’s getaway very difficult.
Police secured the scene a short time later, and arrested Tintera on DUII and criminal mischief charges.
“He wouldn’t sit down, he wouldn’t tell us his name and I think it was because he was so inebriated,” James Attaway’s wife, Susan Attaway, said.
Still, Attaway may face charges of his own for firing the gun, as spokesperson the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said. The case has been handed over to the Washington County District Attorney’s Office to determine just that.
“I was really shocked and saddened that my husband could potentially be in trouble when he’s got an SUV backing up to him,” said Susan Attaway.
“We didn’t know who was in the car, what was going on and we weren’t just protecting our property, we were protecting ourselves.”
The crash, which damaged a walnut tree that will have to be cut down, Attaway said, is the sixth time a driver has careened into their yard. The curve in the road has a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour, but no guard rail.
Washington County deputies said they believe alcohol and speed were contributing factors in the crash.