By News-Register staff • 

Restaurant vehicle involved in crash; driver arrested

Photo courtesy McMinnville Police Department##A Valley Commissary Restaurant van slammed into the back of a heavy-duty equipment hauler trailer late Saturday night.
Photo courtesy McMinnville Police Department##A Valley Commissary Restaurant van slammed into the back of a heavy-duty equipment hauler trailer late Saturday night.
Jacob Way
Jacob Way

[Updated 3/16/15 3:30 p.m.] The owner and an employee of McMinnville's Valley Commissary Restaurant were allegedly involved in a two-vehicle crash late Saturday night.

As a result of the investigation, McMinnville police charged Jacob Lynn Way, 24, with one count each of fourth-degree attempted assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants, hit-and-run and reckless driving. He was booked into the Yamhill County Jail on $21,250 bail.

Capt. Dennis Marks said o fficers responded to Northeast Fifth and Irvine streets on a reported crash about 11:30 p.m. The 911 caller, Corey Saunders, 24 of McMinnville, said that an occupant of one of the vehicles, later identified as Way, assaulted him.

Upon arrival, officers located a late-model Nissan delivery van that had crashed into a large, heavy duty equipment hauler trailer on which was loaded a large container.

The impact sent the trailer into a power pole. The van sustained significant front passenger side damage.

Way, a cook for the restaurant, and a passenger in the van, Jesse Kincheloe, 32, of McMinnville, who owns the business, left the scene on foot. Officers located the pair a few blocks from the crash scene. They were not injured.

The 911 caller, who was walking in the area, said Way attempted to assault him when he approached the van and offered to assist the pair following the crash.

Kincheloe told the News-Register that Saunders' report of an attempted assault was false.

"Jake was simply asking him to get away because we were assessing the situation," said Kincheloe, who opened the popular lunch and catering business last year. "He was being invasive instead of helpful."

Kincheloe also said they decided to walk to the restaurant a few blocks away about 20 minutes after the crash because no one had yet arrived to the scene, and doesn't expect the hit and run charge to stick.

"Obviously, I'm wouldn't try to flee a scene with my company's vehicle involved," he said.

McMinnville Water and Light responded to the scene and determined that damage to the pole did not pose a risk.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact McMinnville police at 503-434-7307.

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