By News-Register staff • 

Driver's stabbing triggered crash

Gary Lee Campbell
Gary Lee Campbell

The stabbing and crash occurred in quick succession about 10 p.m. Monday at a point near Southwest Hill Road’s intersection with Pemberly Loop.

Investigators identified the victim as Kenneth Boyd Carver, 53, of Willamina, and the assailant as Gary Lee Campbell, 23, of neighboring Grand Ronde.

Carver was treated by McMinnville Fire Department medics, then flown to the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. He was listed in critical condition Wednesday.

Yamhill County sheriff’s deputies took Campbell into custody about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Wandering Spirit RV Park, on Highway 18 in Grand Ronde.

Sgt. Chris Ray said surveillance was set up at the park after his identification as a suspect, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Campbell was arraigned Wednesday before Circuit Court Judge Ronald Stone on one count each of first-degree assault, a Class A felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a Class C felony.

The assault charge falls under Measure 11’s tough mandatory-minimum sentencing guidelines.

He was still on probation at the time from an October 2013 conviction on one count of failure to report as a sex offender, a Class A misdemeanor.

A misdemeanor charge of harassment was dismissed when the case was adjudicated. He was sentenced to six days in jail, followed by a probationary period set to expire April 10.

McMinnville police provided the initial crash response, but the sheriff’s office is handling the follow-up investigation.

Ray gave this account of the incident:

Carver was northbound on Hill in a 1998 GMC Jimmy and Campbell was a passenger. The two had some kind of argument or altercation, in the course of which Carter was stabbed.

Campbell got out of the vehicle, and Carter proceeded. After driving about a quarter of a mile, he ran off the road into two large trees.

“They were acquaintances,” Ray said. He said he was uncertain if the two were related. “There are still things to flesh out through more interviews.”

Campbell was lodged in the county jail on $350,000 bail. McMinnville attorney Carol Fredrick was retained to represent him.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Marc Brodeur at 503-434-7506.

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