Report: crash victims hit those trying to help
Monday, June 6, 2011
FLORENCE, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon State Police say several people who stopped to help at a coastal car crash found themselves attacked for their trouble.
Police were tracking a report of a blue Dodge pickup being driven recklessly on U.S. 101 near Florence when they got a fresh report that the vehicle had crashed and the occupants were fighting with those who were trying to help them.
Lt. Gregg Hastings says arriving troopers witnessed the pickup driver punching the Good Samaritans.
Police arrested 22-year-old Thomas James Stansbury of Vidor, Texas, on Sunday evening. They say he also kicked out the back window of a patrol car. Stansbury was jailed for investigation of DUI, reckless driving and assault.
Also arrested for investigation of fourth-degree assault was a 26-year-old female passenger. A second female passenger was arrested for endangering the welfare of a minor. Her 9-year-old son was temporarily taken into protective custody.