PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The 57-year-old man who died when he fled from St. Helens police, hit a car and then went airborne was a manager at Nike with a history of drunk driving.
Quinnion Avery, who police identified as being from Marietta, Georgia, lived in Hillsboro as of July 1, 2016 and was a Senior Global Print Manager for Nike, court records show. Nike has not responded to a request from KOIN 6 News for comment or confirmation.
On January 19, 2013, he was arrested for DUI in Seattle. That case was dismissed — but not until August 2015.
Just 5 days later — January 24, 2013 — Avery was arrested in Redmond, Washington (near Seattle) with a blood alcohol level of .43. Avery, who refused a breath test, was working for Microsoft at the time.
In that incident, he drove his Highlander onto the sidewalk and tried to back onto the sidewalk from an intersection. A passerby took his keys.
The police officer wrote: “he was unable to communicate in any form, but would grunt out some inaudible noise when the Aid crew asked him questions.”
Records show police found a beer in a cup holder, multiple bottles of Remy Martin cognac, an empty bottle of Sutter Home wine and an empty bottle of mouthwash.
“The smell of liquor on his person and breath was overpowering,” wrote the officer.
He was placed in a 5-year diversion program and was not allowed to have any alcohol.
Avery was still under that program at the time of his fatal crash Thursday in St. Helens.
Between these cases and his death he moved from Redmond to Georgia to Hillsboro.
The St. Helens crash
Police initially tried pulling the driver of a Toyota Highlander over for failing to yield onto Hwy 30, when he allegedly sped off going north on Highway 30, Saint Helens Police Dept. said.
The man, later identified as Quinnion Avery, pulled his car over for a short time but then continued driving and crashed into a Honda sedan going 45-50 mph. Avery’s car went over nearby railroad tracks and down an embankment.
He died at the scene.
Police said the Honda, driven by St. Helens resident Rhonda Lull, crossed 3 lanes before crashing into a fence. She suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive.