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Oregon man arrested after wrong-way crash

December 24, 2018

LYLE, Wash. (AP) — An Oregon man is in jail after driving his vehicle head-on into a car carrying two elderly people from Washington.

The Washington State Patrol says 44-year-old James Earls of Hillsboro, Oregon, was driving east in the westbound lane of State Route 14 near Lyle, Washington at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

Earls crashed head-on into a vehicle driven by 79-year-old Dale Hutson of Bingen, Washington.

The impact totaled Hutson’s car and injured his passenger, 82-year-old Barbara Hutson.

She was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

Earls was booked in the county jail and faces charges of vehicular assault, no ignition interlock device and driving with a suspended license.

Deputies say drugs and/or alcohol were involved.

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