Illegal alien charged with DUI after fatal crash, P.1
Earlier this week, Portland police arrested a man who crashed into a motorcycle driven by 66-year-old John Zupan, the founder of Zupan's Markets in Portland. According to sources, the man had been driving a Honda Civic erratically and at a high rate of speed before crossing the center line and crashing into the victim's BMW motorcycle. Officers responding to the accident found the man hiding near the crash site. Mr. Zupan died on Monday night from injuries sustained in the accident.
The man is now being charged with second-degree assault, DUI, reckless driving, and hit-and-run driving causing injury and damage to property. Police will likely also charge him with manslaughter.
The man reportedly has a history of involvement in the criminal law system in Multnomah County. Back in November of 2003, he pleaded guilty to driving without insurance. In October 2006, he pleaded guilty to providing alcohol to minors, though that charge was later dismissed.
Sources said that it was discovered sometime after the man's arrest that he was an illegal alien. As of Thursday, he was still being held in Multnomah County Jail on an immigration detainer.
According to Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau, police didn't know of the defendant's immigration status because police policy dictates that defendant's not be asked about such matters unless there is a drug arrest. The latter is a federal mandate.
While these types of "sanctuary" policies are somewhat controversial, the city of Portland and the rest of Multnomah County have had them since 1989.