Driving spree lands Linfielder in jail
He was apprehended by police when he returned to his residence in his Ford F-series pickup.
Capt. Matt Scales identified the student as Colin Robert Forman, 21, of 1742 S.E. Queenborough St. He said Forman’s blood alcohol content registered .25, more than three times the .08 marking the presumptive level of intoxication in Oregon.
Forman was lodged in the Yamhill Coungty Jail on two counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count each of driving under the influence of intoxicants, hit-and-run, first-degree criminal mischief and reckless driving. Bail was set at $32,500, pending his arraignment at 1:20 p.m. Thursday in circuit court.
There were two male students riding with him, ages 22 and 21. Police said they were visibly intoxicated, but were not charged in connection with the incidents.
The Yamhill Communications Agency started receiving 911 calls about 7:45 regarding a pickup being driven erratically, causing multiple crashes.
Scales gave this account:
After giving a presentation on campus Wednesday, the three went downtown to the Old Oak, 326 N.E. Davis St., to drink. They headed back to the campus area, with Forman at the wheel.
During the rampage, he knocked down a 40-foot McMinnville Water & Light pole on Morgan Lane, near its intersection with Davis Street, cutting power to the area for several hours.
Forman also crashed head-on into a Volkswagen Jetta parked on the north side of Border Lane, pushing it about 40 feet backward and up onto a sidewalk. He crashed into a utility trailer sitting in a driveway in the 400 block of Border Lane, pushing it into a van.
Additionally, he knocked over several mailboxes on the south side of Morgan Lane, and ripped through the front yards of several residences, before returning home.
His two passengers had gone their separate ways by the time police located the pickup and apprehended Forman, but cooperated when located.
Neither Forman nor his passengers were injured. Scales said it was fortunate no pedestrians were walking on sidewalks or crossing streets during the wave of destruction, which he termed extensive.
McMinnville Water & Light had to send a five-member crew out to replace the power pole.
Engineering and Operations Manager John Dietz estimated that alone would run between $10,000 and $15,000. He said a crew was sent out about 8 p.m. Wednesday, a few hours after the incident, and didn’t finish until 2 a.m. Thursday. They received overtime pay. Clean-up work was completed later in the morning.
More than two dozen customers were without power for several hours as a result of the pole being knocked over.
The Jetta suffered severe damage and the other vehicles lesser damage, police said, and the yard and mailbox damage will serve to swell the total amount.