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Pickup careens into Scappoose storefront

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SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - Scappoose Police Chief Norm Miller talks to Than Tussing and Loren Gramson, owners of Fast Lube and Oil, in front of their damaged storefront Monday, Dec. 28. A white pickup truck crashed into the building Monday, ripping open the side of the building leaving the lobby area exposed. A single-vehicle crash left one person injured Monday, Dec. 28, when the vehicle carreened into Fast Lube and Oil building in Scappoose.

Around 9:05 a.m., a white pickup truck crashed into the side of the building, while the business was open. The driver, Blake Wilcoxen, 23, of Seaside, was traveling southbound on Highway 30 when his vehicle left the roadway and struck the southeast corner of the building.

One employee who was standing in the lobby area inside the building was hit in the leg with debris from the crash and suffered a minor injury.

Wilcoxsen was arrested on counts of reckless driving, reckless endangering, fourth-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief, and was booked into the Columbia County Jail. He was also cited for driving with a suspended license.

The damage caused to the building was sufficient to cause the business to be temporarily closed by county building officials.

Owners Than Tussing and Loren Gramson said they hoped to have the wall secured soon and have the business reopened later in the week.