2 injured in 2-car crash on SW Capitol Hwy

Alcohol likely a factor

Garret Scheckla, 21, was arrested early Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An early morning crash on Southwest Capitol Highway injured 2 people — one of whom was transported to the hospital with serious life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Officers responded to the 2-vehicle crash near the intersection of Southwest Capitol Highway and Southwest Freeman Street shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday.

A male passenger in the BMW suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. A female passenger in the 2nd car, a Subaru, suffered non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash. She was also taken to a hospital for treatment.

Officers learned that the driver of the BMW, later identified as 21-year-old Garret Scheckla, was traveling southbound on Capitol Highway prior to the crash. As Scheckla approached Freeman Street, he drifted into the northbound lanes of Capitol Highway — colliding head-on into the Subaru, which was traveling northbound.

Investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Scheckla was taken into custody at the scene and lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, 3rd-degree assault, 3 counts of reckless endangering and reckless driving.

Southwest Capitol Highway was closed during the investigation, but has since reopened.