A West Linn man faces charges of assault and driving under the influence of intoxicants after allegedly hitting a family of three on the sidewalk with his vehicle.
Witnesses told police that Thomas Haymore, 35, was acting strangely and urinated in a Starbucks parking lot just before the 7 p.m. incident. He then got into his Dodge minivan, accelerated in reverse, hit a parked car and jumped a curb on to the sidewalk along Salamo Road.
The van continued along the sidewalk before striking John and Tracy Herbert and their 5-year-old son John Jr.
John Herbert was hurt the worst and lifeflighted to Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center in Portland. His injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening. Tracy Herbert and John Jr. were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.
West Linn Police Lt. Ron Schwartz said the incident could easily have been worse.
'We could have had three fatalities here,' he said.
Schwartz said Haymore, a West Linn dental anesthesiologist, had not been drinking but drug tests are pending.
Haymore was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants. He was subsequently charged with assault and three counts of recklessly endangering. He was released from the Clackamas County Jail Wednesday.