OC hit-and-run suspect pleads guilty


Juan Carlos Delatorre, 19, pled guilty on Wednesday to the Aug. 20 hit-and-run of a 13-year-old girl in Oregon City.

On Sept. 26 he was sentenced to 45 days in jail, and when released, he will have to complete three years of probation. His Oregon driver's license will be revoked for one year, and he is mandated to successfully complete a High Risk Drivers Course.

The suspect told told police his "conscience" had been bothering him for almost 10 days when he "finally got up the courage" to turn himself in on Aug. 29 at approximately 4:30 p.m., calling police from a payphone at the KFC on Main Street. Police booked Delatorre into the Clackamas County Jail on $15,000 bail.

Oregon City police officers had found what they were calling a "vehicle of interest" on the previous Wednesday at Rosewood Terrace Apartments, 235 Pearl St., in Oregon City, on the report that a man was seen wiping down the steering wheel of a two-tone tan Ford Explorer with no license plates.

The tan Ford Explorer has front-end damage, and the driver's window is broken. When police contacted the registered owner of the Explorer, he claimed to have sold the vehicle Aug. 1, police said.