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Man who drove into crowd gets four years in prison


A Gresham man will spend four years in prison for driving his car into a crowd at a Shari’s restaurant earlier this year.

In addition to being sentenced to 46 months in prison, Brad Everett Eason, 31, will be on probation for five years, pay $173,000 in restitution to one victim and will have his driver’s license suspended for a year.

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Greg Silver passed down the sentence July 30, about a month after Eason pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of intoxicants and three counts of attempted assault.

Eason entered the plea on the same day his attempted murder trail was scheduled to start.

He was with a large group of people early Jan. 25 when he got into a racially charged argument with two women in which he used slurs and other derogatory remarks. He then got into a physical fight with a man who came to the defense of the women.

After the two men were separated, the group splintered into smaller groups with one group 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 toward the group near the restaurant’s entryway. The car collided with an 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 suffered 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 received 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 were dismissed.