PD: Driver facing attempted murder charge after crashing into Portland family's vehicle
LINCOLN CITY, Ore. – Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a man on an attempted murder charge after they say he crashed into another vehicle in a parking lot Tuesday night.
Officers responded to the report of a crash at 11:43 p.m. in the Walgreens parking lot in Lincoln City.
At the scene, they found the driver outside of a vehicle with severe injuries. He was flown by Life Flight to a Portland-area hospital.
The driver’s wife and infant child were not injured in the crash.
Witnesses told police the suspect driver left Highway 101, entered a Walgreen’s parking lot and crashed into the family’s vehicle.
Deputies located the suspect vehicle shortly after the incident on Highway 101 north of Lincoln City.
They say the driver, 68-year-old Perry G. Nicolopoulos of Puyallup, Wash., showed signs of impairment.
He was initially taking into custody on a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.
After investigating the crash through the night, law enforcement officials now say Nicolopoulos now faces additional charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, reckless endangering and failure to perform duties of a driver.
He was lodged at the Lincoln County Jail.
Police say the injured driver and his family are from the Portland area.
Police ask anyone who had contact with Nicolopoulos or who has information on the case to call the Lincoln City Police Department.