PORTLAND, Ore. – A driver suspected of intentionally ramming his SUV into the three women in a Portland, Oregon, sidewalk told jailhouse officials he lived in his car for the past year, regular use of marijuana for relief of pain and do not know the victims.
According to the court documents, Greg Porter also told security guards, on Friday, booking interview that he has a ninth grade education, and receives a monthly disability check. His criminal history includes two out-of-state violations of more than 20 years ago.
The crash happened Friday morning at Portland State University. Investigators arrested Porter hours later after finding him behind the wheel of a damaged SUV.
Porter, 61, was Tuesday indicted on charges of attempted murder and other crimes. He was assigned to a court-appointed lawyer.
The women are treated in a Portland hospital. A probable cause affidavit released after the meeting said one of the women, a Portland State student Hannah Cline, suffered a life-threatening injury.
The other women, who do not go to the university, were identified as Sabrina Vuscan and Fadra Regis. Vuscan ran a lacerated liver and spleen, while Regis is suffering from a broken leg, the document states.
The declaration submitted by the public prosecutor Melissa marrero outlines why the police believe Porter is responsible, but it is not a possible motive or a confession.
A witness, Rob Otis, told an officer shortly after the crash that he saw in the SUV — a blue Mazda Tribute — drive on the sidewalk and then speed up.
“He saw a student go flying in the air after being struck by the SUV,” and then watched the vehicle continue to drive on the sidewalk to the end of the block, marrero wrote.
Other witnesses reported hearing the sound of bodies being hit, but never heard of the driver hard on his brake. A alert took photos of the vehicle and the registration number, helping researchers to quickly identify a suspect.