A Bend man was charged with DUII and assault Sunday after he caused a three-car crash on Highway 26, seriously injuring two people, according to Oregon State Police.
OSP said the crash happened around 9:50 p.m. just north of Warm Springs when 20-year-old Benjamin Davis of Bend tried an “unsafe pass” heading east.
Warm Springs Police reported Davis was traveling east on Highway 26 toward Warm Springs and tried to pass the Subaru being driven by 69-year old Marlon Pendleton of Bend.
Due to oncoming traffic, Davis couldn’t complete the pass and sideswiped Pendleton’s car, pushing him off onto the eastbound shoulder of the road.
Davis then crashed head-on into the white Toyota Camry driven by Richard Sixtotello, 22, from Sandy.
Sixto-Tello was taken by life flight to St. Charles in Bend.
Pendleton was taken by ambulance to St. Charles in Madras.
Davis was taken by ambulance to St. Charles in Bend where he was released and taken to the Jefferson County Jail.
OSP said he was charged with third and fourth-degree assault, driving under the influence, reckless driving and reckless endangering.