Witnesses: Driver rams car 3 times in Lincoln City, severely injuring Portland man
NEWPORT, Ore. – Police arrested a man on attempted murder charges after witnesses say he crashed into another car three times in a Lincoln City parking lot Tuesday night, severely injuring a Portland man and endangering his infant child who was inside in a car seat.
Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies were called out about 11:45 p.m. on reports of a hit-and-run collision in the Walgreens parking lot in Lincoln City. Court documents state they arrived to find paramedics treating a man with “a bloody, mangled foot,” a Prius with damage on the driver’s side, and a trail of debris leading to the east.
The man was flown to a Portland-area hospital in a Life-Flight helicopter.
Deputies talked with the man’s wife, who was holding their toddler in her arms. She told them a gray car rammed into the driver’s side of their car. She and her husband got out of the car to see the man reverse and drive into their car again, while their child was still in a car seat in the back, she recounted.
Based on court documents, the suspected rammed their car a third time before driving away on Highway 101.
Based on witness descriptions of the suspect and his vehicle, along with a Washington State license plate embedded in the side of the Prius, deputies managed to catch the suspect.
Perry Nicolopoulos was booked into the Lincoln County Jail on attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, reckless endangering and failure to perform duties of a driver.
A probable cause document states that Nicolopoulos “showed signs of impairment” at the time of his arrest.