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DUII driver arrested after Scholls crash


Homeowner fires handgun to stop suspected drunk driver

Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office arrested an alleged drunk driver after a homeowner with a handgun kept him from fleeing the scene of a crash.

Hunter Tintera, 27, of Newberg, was arrested Thursday, Aug. 7, after he reportedly crashed his 2003 Jeep Liberty in the 17800 block of Southwest Hillsboro Highway in Scholls, about 9 miles outside of the city of Sherwood.

Deputies were called to the site of a motor vehicle crash at about 11:16 p.m.Tintera

Deputies said Tintera was intoxicated and failed to negotiate a curve, crashing his vehicle onto the property of James Attaway, 58.

No one was injured, but upon hearing the crash, Attaway allegedly went to investigate with a loaded high-caliber handgun, deputies said.

Attaway told deputies Tintera attempted to drive away in his badly damaged vehicle, cutting through the property and coming within a few feet of Attaway’s house.

Attaway reportedly told Tintera to stop and fired his gun into the ground repeatedly until Tintera stopped the vehicle and complied with his commands, deputies said.

Tintera was lodged in the Washington County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and criminal mischief. He was released on $5,000 bail.

Deputies said on Friday that both alcohol and speed likely contributed to the crash.

Attaway was not arrested. Deputies said the Washington County District Attorney’s Office would consider possible charges.

Deputies did not condone Attaway’s actions in stopping the suspect. If someone witnesses an illegal activity, deputies advise the witness to move to a safe area and call 911.