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Police: Drunk driver nearly hits several STP cyclists

Lake Oswego man arrested for alleged DUII, reckless endangerment


by: FILE PHOTO - Bicyclists participating in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, a race from Seattle to Portland, ride through Scappoose in 2012.A man driving while intoxicated almost struck several bicyclists participating in the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic Saturday, June 12, according to police.

The Oregon State Police said David J. Easton, a 53-year-old resident of Lake Oswego, nearly hit the cyclists while driving a Ford pickup truck along Highway 30 near Watson Road, just south of Scappoose.

Easton stopped his truck alongside the highway after the near-collision at about 7:52 p.m., police said. He was reportedly arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants and recklessly endangering another person.

Easton was booked into the Columbia County Jail, according to police. But as of Monday, the jail website did not list him as a current inmate.

At least two other incidents involving STP cyclists were reported in the Scappoose area over the weekend.

The Scappoose Rural Fire District said its emergency personnel responded to two bike crashes on Highway 30 that required medical transports to a hospital in the Portland area. One reportedly occurred on Saturday near Fullerton Road, while the second happened Sunday near the Oregon Department of Transportation weigh station south of Scappoose, according to the fire district.

Columbia River Fire & Rescue said it responded to four STP incidents in its coverage area, but it described none of them as serious.

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