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Portland police: Passenger suffered life-threatening injuries in head-on crash

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team investigators are considering alcohol as a factor in a crash that injured two people in Portland early Saturday morning.

Portland police officers responded to a report a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of Southwest Capitol Highway and Southwest Freeman Street at 1:52 a.m.

Investigators say they found a blue 2000 BMW 323 and a black 2000 Subaru Impreza that had collided.

Officers found a driver and a passenger in the BMW and a driver and two passengers in the Subaru.

The man who was the passenger in the BMW suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. Emergency personnel transported him to a Portland hospital in an ambulance.

Police said a woman who was a passenger in the Subaru was also injured, but she’s expected to survive. She was also taken to a hospital.

Investigators say the driver of the BMW, 21-year-old Garret W. Scheckla, was traveling southbound on Southwest Capitol Highway and drifted into the northbound lanes while approaching Southwest Freeman Street. He collided head-on with the Subaru that was traveling northbound.

The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division’s Major Crash Team responded and continued the investigation, since the BMW passenger’s injuries were so severe.

Scheckla was arrested and Lodged at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, third-degree assault, three counts of reckless endangering, and reckless driving.

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