Deputies: Man drives van with wife into Clackamas River

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The driver floated away but was later found "disheveled" and arrested

An undated photo of Daniel Findlay (left) and an August 10, 2019 booking photo. (CCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man accused of intentionally driving his van into the Clackamas River with his wife inside was arrested Saturday.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said Daniel Wayne Findley’s wife told deputies Findley turned into Barton Park in Boring without saying anything, then sped toward the boat ramp.

The van hit the water going about 40 miles per hour, officials said, and the force of the impact left the woman with an injured knee.

Both she and her husband escaped through the driver’s door as the van filled with water. The woman made her way to the shore but Findley swam to the center of the river and began to float downstream.

A man intentionally drove his van into the Clackamas River at Barton Park with his wife as a passenger, deputies said, Aug. 8, 2019. (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies said they went to the scene but couldn’t find the 51-year-old man despite using boats and K9s.

Findley was found around 4 a.m. Sunday after someone reported a suspicious person near Hwy 224 and 197th Avenue. Deputies found him “disheveled” and he asked to go to the hospital.

He was treated at the scene and then booked into the Clackamas County Jail on charges of attempted assault, failure to perform the duties of a driver and reckless endangering.

A man intentionally drove his van into the Clackamas River at Barton Park with his wife as a passenger, deputies said, Aug. 8, 2019. (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)

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