Police: Fighting DUII couple flip car with children inside
AURORA, OR (KPTV) -
A man and a woman are both facing DUII charges after they got into
a rolling beef on Highway 99E near Aurora and caused an injury crash.
Three kids, ranging in age from 5
to 9, were in the back seat the time. They were all transported to a local
hospital with minor injuries after the SUV rolled and collided with a home,
where two people were inside.
Oregon State Police responded to
the scene in the 21000 block of Highway 99E, north of Aurora, at about
8:30 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived, they found a Ford Explorer laying on its
top next to a damaged house.
A police spokesman says that
the driver, identified as Jennifer Lemen, age 32, of Hubbard, had gotten into
an argument with her boyfriend, Hugh Averette, age 32. During the argument,
Averette, who was in the passenger seat, allegedly grabbed the wheel.
That's when the SUV crossed the
northbound lane, hit a wood pile and flipped over as it crashed into the home.
"All of sudden a big bomb happened," said homeowner Loauna Cerda. "We
didn't know if it was a bomb, an earthquake or a huge tree that had fallen
Lemen and the children, two girls and a boy, were wearing
seatbelts at the time. Averette was not belted in.
All five occupants of the vehicle
were transported by ambulance to the hospital.
While being treated at the
hospital, Lemen was cited and released to appear later in Marion
County Circuit Court for DUII.
Averette was taken to and Oregon
Health & Science University. He was arrested upon his release and
lodged in Marion County Jail on charges that include DUII, reckless driving,
four counts of recklessly endangering another person and assault.
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