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Update: Driver Sought Following Injury Hit & Run Crash Near Gladstone Arrested
07/16/2011
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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The driver sought in connection with an early Friday morning injury hit & run traffic crash on Highway 99E north of Gladstone was taken into custody Friday evening. JASON VALENZUELA, age 21, from Oregon City, was arrested when Oregon State Police (OSP) was contacted by a family member after he returned to his home.
 
VALENZUELA was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:
  • Parole Violation
  • DUII
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person
  • Reckless Driving
  • Felony Hit & Run
  • Assault in the Third Degree
  • Assault in the Second Degree
  • Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree
 
OSP also received a call from a homeowner near the traffic crash scene after he found a man, he later identified through media reports as VALENZUELA, asleep in his dog house. The man left behind some clothing articles and his Oregon drivers license.
 
On July 15, 2011 at approximately 1:45 a.m. OSP, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, and Clackamas Fire District 1 responded to a reported injury traffic crash on Highway 99E at Hull Avenue. A 2009 Nissan Frontier pickup was northbound at a high rate of speed when it rear-ended a 2007 Mitsubishi four-door car. After impact, the Mitsubishi traveled off the highway and struck a tree. The Nissan continued into a parking lot at Bo's Pub where it knocked down a large sign and power pole before crashing into a parked recreational vehicle.
 
The Nissan's driver was seen fleeing the scene on foot and according to witnesses appeared to be very intoxicated.
 
Subsequent follow-up investigation identified VALENZUELA as the Nissan's driver.
 
A 20-year old male passenger in the Nissan was not injured. He remained at the scene and was taken by OSP to a local detox center.
 
The Mitsubishi's driver, CHRISTINE D. SQUILLANTE, age 39, from northwest Portland, was transported by AMR ambulance to Providence St. Vincent's Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.