Man arrested for driving occupied van into Clackamas River
A Portland man has been arrested on multiple charges after intentionally driving a vehicle where his wife was a passenger into the Clackamas River, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
At approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, deputies responded to a report that Daniel Wayne Findley, 51, had driven a van into the river at the Barton Park boat ramp. The van was occupied by Findley and his wife and entered the river at speeds of around 35-40 mph.
Findley was arrested in a "disheveled condition" around 4 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, after police responded to a suspicious person call near Highway 224 and 197th Avenue, police say. Findley was taken to the hospital at his own request, and then taken to Clackamas County Jail.
He is charged with second-degree attempted assault, causing an injury by failing to perform a driver's duties and reckless endangering.
In a press release, police said that the couple had not intended to go to Barton Park and the suspect drove off the boat ramp and accelerated without saying anything. Both people exited the submerging van through the driver's door. Findley floated downstream on the river, and his wife made her way to shore, where she was assisted by bystanders.
The suspect's wife injured her knee because of the impact of the submerging van.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deployed marine units, the water rescue team and a canine team to search for the suspect. The water rescue team worked with Clackamas River Towing to remove the partially submerged vehicle from the river.
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