Two in SE Portland crash remain hospitalized - KPTV - FOX 12

Two in SE Portland crash remain hospitalized

Posted: Updated: May 27, 2013 02:22 PM
Nathan Wisbeck Nathan Wisbeck
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Two people who were injured in a drunken driving crash in inner southeast Portland on Sunday remained in a Portland hospital Monday afternoon.

Portland police said 26-year-old Nathan Wisbeck caused the crash at Southeast 20th Avenue and Madison Street at 2:19 a.m. In fact, it was the second crash he was to blame for in a matter of minutes, police said.

Wisbeck first crashed into a car at Southeast 12th Avenue and Morrison Street, police said. Investigators said Wisbeck fled in his pickup, leading the victims to follow him for several blocks and call 911.

Once Wisbeck reached 20th Avenue and Madison Street, he ran a stop sign and slammed into a van, sending it crashing into a building that houses a business called Creative Paper Crafting, police said.

Portland firefighters rushed to the scene and pulled the van driver, 28-year-old Sarah Anderson, and her passenger, 28-year-old Stephen Person, out of the vehicle.

Anderson survived the crash, and police said she has been given a citation for driving under the influence. She remains in fair condition at Oregon Health & Science University hospital.

Meanwhile, Person is in critical condition at OHSU with what police describe as life-threatening injuries.

Wisbeck was treated at a Portland hospital, released and then arrested by police. He was booked into jail on charges of second-degree assault, driving under the influence, hit-and-run and reckless driving.

He'll be arraigned Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. FOX 12 has learned he has several past convictions, including for DUII in 2007.

Police shut down 20th Avenue for several hours during the investigation before it was reopened to traffic at 6:20 a.m. Sunday.

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