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Two crashes lead to three DUII arrests

Washington County sheriff's deputies arrested three drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants after two separate vehicle crashes last weekend in Aloha and Cedar Mill.

Lamar Majors Jr., 26, of Aloha was hospitalized and arrested after he apparently lost control of the 1995 Lincoln Continental he was driving northbound on Southwest 185th Avenue near Southwest Tualatin Valley Highway around 2 a.m. Saturday and crashed into a metal pole.

Majors was transported to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital to treat leg and hip injuries. Deputies arrested him there on accusations of DUII, reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal mischief.

His two passengers were not injured, but the road was closed for close to two hours as deputies investigated the scene.

A second, two-vehicle collision around 3:30 a.m. Sunday - at the intersection of Northwest Cornell and Saltzman roads in Cedar Mill - led to the arrests of Benjamin Novak, 21, of Northwest Portland, and Sean Dixon, 38, of Tigard, said Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The investigation indicated Novak was driving south on Saltzman Road in a 2005 Acura TSX, when he turned left on a flashing yellow light in the path of a 2004 Toyota Tundra pickup driven by Dixon, whose respective traffic signal was green.

The vehicles collided in the intersection, causing extensive damage to both and minor injuries to Novak's passenger, Quinn Gordon, 21, of Northwest Portland. Gordon was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

Sheriff's deputies completed a DUII investigation with the drivers of both vehicles. Alcohol was believed to be a factor in this crash, Ray reported.

Novak was arrested and lodged in the Washington County Jail on accusations of DUII, reckless driving and fourth-degree assault.

Dixon was also arrested and lodged in the Washington County jail on an accusation of DUII.

The roadway was closed for about two hours while deputies completed their investigation and had the vehicles towed.