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Motorist who hit peds has 3 DUII convictions

by: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Michael Dan AllenAn allegedly intoxicated driver who struck a married couple in a crosswalk in Southeast Portland last week has a criminal history of drunken driving.

Michael Dan Allen, 50, of outer Southeast Portland has three prior drunken driving convictions and is now accused of striking a man and a woman on Thursday, Aug. 30.

The victims, a man and his wife, remain in a Portland hospital recovering from injuries. The man has been upgraded from critical to serious condition but his wife remains in critical condition, said Lt. Robert King, Portland Police spokesman.

The couple was crossing Southeast Division Street in a crosswalk at Southeast 142nd Avenue at 7:18 p.m. when a westbound vehicle struck them.

Both victims were listed in critical condition at Oregon Health & Science University. Police had not yet released their names, ages or cities or residence.

Allen, the driver, remained at the scene and told police he’d consumed “a couple of Milwaukee Best beers” and a “couple of hits from a marijuana bong,” according to court documents.

Police noted the man smelled of alcohol, had red glassy and bloodshot eyes and thick slurred speech. He also swayed as he spoke to officers and failed field sobriety tests.

Allen also had two passengers under the age of 18 in the car with him.

He has been arraigned on allegations of felony second- and third-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, vehicular assault of a pedestrian and recklessly endangering another person.

Allen has two convictions of driving under the influence of intoxicants in Multnomah county and a third conviction in Lane County.

He is being held on $525,000 bail at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail.

The crash was just 14 blocks from where another pedestrian died after being hit by a vehicle earlier that week.

Earlier in the week on Monday, Aug. 27, William Lee Jones, 62, died when he was struck and killed by a car at Southeast 156th Avenue and Division Street.

Police have issued no citations in that case. Both are still under investigation.