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Drunken, angry driver pleads no contest

A Gresham man who drove a car into a crowd at a Shari’s restaurant earlier this year has pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of intoxicants and three counts of attempted assault.by: COURTESY: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Brad Everett Eason

Brad Everett Eason, 31, entered his plea on Tuesday, June 25, the same day his attempted murder trail was scheduled to start. Instead, he pleaded no contest to four charges before Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Greg Silver. Sentencing is scheduled for July 30.

According to court documents, Eason was with a large group of people early on Jan. 25, when he got into an argument with two women in which he used racial slurs and other derogatory remarks. He then got into a physical fight with a man who came to their defense.

After the two men were separated, the group splintered into smaller groups with one of the groups standing in front of the Shari’s in the 800 block of Southwest Highland Drive.

Eason then got into his 2009 Mercedes C30 and drove it through the parking lot and toward the group near the restaurant’s entryway. The car collided with a SUV then drove onto the walkway and into part of the restaurant’s entrance.

Witnesses reported that Eason then got out of the car and tried to continue the attack, but bystanders intervened and restrained him until police arrived.

In total, he hit four people. The man he’d gotten into a fight with sustained a bruised left leg and arm. A 23-year-old Troutdale man still walks with a limp after the crash left him with a compound fracture to his right leg. A 23-year-old Gresham man sustained a non-life threatening head injury. A fourth victim, a 32-year-old man from Boring, was not part of the group. He’d been eating breakfast and was outside smoking a cigarette when Eason drove into the entryway. He suffered a minor injury to his left leg.

Eason told police he was trying to drive up fast to scare the people but intended to stop before hitting them. By pleading no contest, the other charges of attempted murder and criminal mischief have been dismissed.



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