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OC 'madman' allegedly assaults crash witness

by: OREGON STATE POLICE - This photograph shows the scene of the crash near Highway 213 and Beavercreek Road on Wednesday.Police arrested what a witness calls a “madman” from the Oregon City area on Wednesday morning after he allegedly assaulted the witness to a traffic crash on Highway 213 near Beavercreek Road.

by: CCSO - LewallenAfter a brief discussion of the crash, Kelly Lewallen, 50, is alleged to have physically attacked Jim Ferguson, 40, also of Oregon City, and they went down on the ground struggling with one another. According to Clackamas Fire spokesman Brandon Paxton, firefighters soon arrived on the scene, blocked the road with their fire truck and broke up the fight.

“I’m lucky to be alive,” Ferguson said.

The incident started when Ferguson was driving from Beavercreek Road heading downhill on Highway 213 and he saw someone “coming like a bat out of hell” from behind. Ferguson pulled to the right to let the Jeep by and saw Lewallen careen past and crash into the back of a pickup further down the road.

After finding he couldn’t drive his Jeep out of the ditch to escape, Lewallen tried to blame the pickup-truck driver, Ferguson said. When Ferguson then attempted to correct Lewallen, the situation got a whole lot uglier.

“He got me in a headlock and just started hitting me in the face,” Ferguson said. “It happened so quick that I didn’t know what was happening.”

Ferguson noted that he couldn’t defend himself because of his recent shoulder surgery.

“It freaked me out and was really scary, and I was just lucky that he didn’t have a gun or a knife because there was so much rage in him,” he said.

Neither man was taken to the hospital, but Ferguson, who expects to develop a black eye, had various injuries on his hands and face.

According to Senior Trooper Dan Swift, on April 10 at approximately 8:15 a.m., a 1994 Ford Ranger pickup driven by Angel Aranda, 41, from Orange, Calif., was northbound on Highway 213 near milepost 2 in the right-hand lane when it was struck from behind by Lewallen in a 2006 Jeep Liberty SUV reportedly driving at a high rate of speed. The impact pushed the pickup off the highway, and both vehicles had major damage.

OSP troopers, CCSO deputies and Oregon City police responded to the scene. Subsequent to the investigation, Lewallen was arrested by OSP and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail for assault in the fourth degree with $7,500 bail. Additional charges are pending related to the traffic-crash investigation.

Aranada was transported to Meridian Park Hospital with a minor injury.