Lonnie Stinnett, 50, from Garibaldi, is suspected of being under the influence of drugs early last week when police records say he pointed his vehicle and drove at a sheriff deputy in a parking lot located in Hood River at Mitchell Point Trailhead. According to police records, the officer was approaching his parked vehicle at the trailhead late at night.
According to reports from Oregon State Police (OSP), Stinnett hit the patrol car and then drove 45 yards down an embankment.
Hood River County Deputy George Economou discharged several shots as Stinnett was driving at him in the parking lot at the trailhead around 1:40 a.m. on Monday Oct. 29, according to Oregon State Police. None of the shots hit Stinnett and Economou was outside of his patrol car when Stinnett crashed into it.
Economou was in the parking lot to check on Stinnett’s car, which was there parked. According to the report, as the deputy was walking toward Stinnett’s vehicle, Stinnett backed out of its space, drove around the lot and then headed toward Economou.
Stinnett was arrested after going down the embankment beside the parking lot, the sheriff’s office said. Neither person was hurt. Economou has been a deputy with the Hood River Sheriff’s office since January.
As of press time Stinnett remains in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility on accusations of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, reckless driving, reckless endangering and second-degree criminal mischief.