Police arrest 14-year-old for Hwy 26 hit-and-run near Gresham

Police arrest 14-year-old for Hwy 26 hit-and-run near Gresham

GRESHAM, Ore. – Police arrested a 14-year-old boy from the Gresham area Wednesday afternoon after they said he was the driver during a hit-and-run on Highway 26 Tuesday.

The crash sent 52-year-old Dean Pace of Sandy to the hospital in critical condition. His condition was upgraded to serious condition Wednesday. Police said he was wearing a seat belt.

Police said at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, a silver Ford van was westbound on Highway 26 east of Gresham when it drifted into the center grass median. The driver over-corrected and steered back into the westbound lanes where the van collided with the driver's side of a BMW X5 that Pace was driving. Police said the van continued west across the eastbound lanes where it rolled and came to rest on its wheels.

The driver then took off on foot.

Police, acting on a tip, were able to identify the driver of the van as the 14-year-old, who is a student at Sam Barlow High School, and said information they gathered in the case indicates he stole the van from a tree farm east of Gresham.

They said the boy was the only one in the van and was not injured. He was taken to Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Facility on charges of felony hit-and-run and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Oregon State Police is asking anyone who witnessed the crash or saw the men flee the scene to call (503) 731-3030.