Police: Suspect in Forest Grove hit-and-run crash talking with authorities

Police: Suspect in Forest Grove hit-and-run crash talking with authorities »Play Video
This still image taken from Chopper2 video shows the wreck on Highway 47 that has forced the closure of the road in Forest Grove.

FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Police said they are talking to the suspect wanted in a hit-and-run car wreck that seriously injured two people Tuesday.

Police said they have not yet arrested him, but they have impounded his car. They said he is cooperating.

Police found the suspect two miles south of Forest Grove on a dirt road off the highway. Information from witnesses led police to the suspect.

Capt. Mike Herb with the Forest Grove Police Department said the suspect is a man in his 40s with a scraggly beard who was driving a gray 1987 Toyota Supra.

Herb said the license plate is 768 FWP.

The crash happened just before 2 p.m. on Highway 47 and Fern Hill Road. Herb said the Supra was driving north behind a Jeep. Police believe the Supra somehow hit the Jeep, which caused the Jeep to flip several times and land on its side on the other side of the road.  Debris was scattered across the highway.

Bob Smith, who lives nearby, heard the crash happen.

“I heard a loud bang," he said. "And then shortly after that I did hear sirens and I looked out my window and traffic was stopped.

"When the chopper came down, it came right down 47 and by the time it got to that area it was starting to hover, you know, going in for a landing. The helicopter itself was down here for a long time. You could hear him running the motor, engine. I just knew there was something going bad."

A man in his 30s was in critical condition and his fiancée was seriously injured in the crash. The man was taken by medical helicopter to OHSU. The woman was taken there too by ambulance.

There were three children in the car, ages 15, 12 and 10. They were OK and were taken to be with their grandmother.

Herb said it's unclear if police will arrest the suspect or if the case will go to the grand jury.  Police said they expected to release the victim's names as early as Wednesday morning.