Impaired Driver Causes Injury Crash


Late Thursday night, an East Precinct officer initiated a traffic stop on a driver of a 2007 Chevrolet Impala near Southeast Division Street and 119th Avenue.

As the officer walked up to speak to the driver, identified later as 43-year-old Jakavis T. Paschal , he drove away. The officer did not pursue.

A short time later, other officers reported seeing the car going northbound on Southeast 122nd Avenue at a high rate of speed. Then Paschal's car crashed into another car, a 1993 Mercury Sable, which was westbound on East Burnside Street.

The officers responded with paramedics and found the driver of the Mercury with serious injuries. She was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

The Traffic Division Major Crash Team responded due to the possibility that the driver's injuries could be life threatening.

She was treated at the hospital and, while her injuries are very serious, she is expected to survive.

Officers determined that Paschal was impaired by alcohol. A breath test showed his blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) was 0.14%, nearly twice the legal limit to drive. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Reckless Driving, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, Driving While Suspended (Misdemeanor level), and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver.

Jefferson was also determined to be impaired by alcohol, testing at 0.12% BAC. She was cited for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants.

Source: Portland Police Bureau

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