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Man survives crashing motorhome into tavern


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - A motorhome crashed into a tavern about four miles east of Damascus early Saturday, Aug. 24. Nobody was injured in the incident, which police say they are unable to call a suicide attempt.A motorist reportedly drove a motorhome into a tavern — on purpose — early Saturday, Aug. 24, according to police.

At about 2 a.m. deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a motorhome that crashed into the Timber Pub and Grub, 28052 S.E. Highway 212 in Boring, said Deputy Mark Nikolai, sheriff's office spokesman.

The tavern had just closed for the night, and only a few people were still there, when the crash happened, Nikolai said. Nobody inside was injured from the crash, he added.

When deputies arrived, they found the motorhome driver out of the vehicle walking around.

He did not appear to be injured from the crash, but police noted several self-inflicted wounds on his arms, Nikolai said.

Upon further investigation, deputies determined the driver crashed intentionally.

Police cited the driver – identified as Larry Dale Karasch, 48, of Clackamas – on an allegation of driving uninsured.

He was transported to a hospital for a mental health evaluation and treatment of his wounds. Nikolai said he could not speculate whether the crash was a suicide attempt.

Boring Fire and Rescue and Sandy police also assisted at the scene.