2 patrol cars damaged in drunk driving chain reaction

Crash happened on Highway 26 near SW Camelot Court early Sunday

Two Washington County patrol cars were damaged during a traffic stop along Hwy 26, June 11, 2017 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Two Washington County patrol cars were damaged during a traffic stop along Hwy 26, June 11, 2017 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — One traffic stop for a drunk driver turned into a chain reaction crash and the arrest of 2 men for DUII in the early hours of Sunday morning in Washington County.

Around 2:45 a.m., Yash Desai of Portland was pulled over by deputies on westbound Highway 26 near SW Camelot Court. As they were giving field sobriety tests on the 23-year-old Portland resident, another car slammed into the back of a patrol car.

That caused a chain reaction that left 4 cars, including 2 patrol cars, damaged. No one was hurt.

Earl Smith, 61, was arrested and charged with DUII, reckless driving, criminal mischief and 4 counts of reckless endangerment. Desai was also arrested for DUII.

Deputies said both men had a blood alcohol level of .19, more than twice the legal limit.

Earl Smith, left, and Yash Desai were both arrested for DUII along Hwy 26. Smith allegedly slammed into 2 patrols cars during a traffic stop for Desai, June 11, 2017 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Earl Smith, left, and Yash Desai were both arrested for DUII along Hwy 26. Smith allegedly slammed into 2 patrols cars during a traffic stop for Desai, June 11, 2017 (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)