By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Multiple charges possible for driver who hit house

Police identified her as Shantiel Simone Nicholson, 19, of 804 S.E. Davis St. They said she was booked into the Yamhill County Jail on two counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count each of driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving, then released on her own recognizance pending adjudication of her case in McMinnville Municipal Court.

Sgt. Tim Symons gave this account:

Officers were dispatched to 1704 N.W. Wallace Road on a report that a car had crashed into the side of a house. They located a Volkswagen Passat and Honda Accord, both of which had sustained substantial damage.

Investigation showed Nicholson had been headed westbound on Wallace Road in the Volkswagen when her car crossed into the eastbound lane, jumped the curb, struck a community mailbox bolted to the sidewalk, struck the Wallace Road house and came to rest in the driveway at that residence. The heavy metal mailbox flew into the air and landed on the Honda, which was parked in the same driveway.

At the time, the car was occupied by Fred Romero, 41, and the house by Tara Romero, 39. Both escaped injury, as did Nicholson and a 21-year-old woman riding with her in the Volkwagen.

While .08 is the presumptive level of intoxication for adults, and the normal threshold for citation of an adult for DUII, any detectable level is sufficient to support citation of a minor. Oregon is among states taking a zero-tolerance stance toward underage drinking and driving.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact officer Marc Cerda at 503-434-7307 or

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