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Sweet Home man arrested following crash that injured his daughter

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A juvenile was transported via life flight to a Portland hospital following a commercial vehicle crash on Highway 20 near Sweet Home. 

The driver involved in a Highway 20 commercial vehicle crash that seriously injured a girl, reportedly his daughter, is now in jail.

Oregon State Police arrested Timothy Wade Shockey, 41, of Sweet Home on Monday, July 18, according to the Linn County Jail website. Shockey was arrested on suspicion of second degree assault and driving under the influence of intoxicants with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.2 or higher, the jail website says.

The charges stem from a Friday, July 15 single-vehicle crash on Highway 20 at milepost 33 near Sweet Home. A news release from OSP said troopers and emergency personnel responded to the scene at around 5:59 p.m.

Shockey was arraigned in Linn County Circuit court Tuesday afternoon, July 19 on alleged charges of DUII, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, second-degree assault and first-degree animal abuse.

During the arraignment, prosecutor Conor McCahill alleged Shockey had been drinking before and while driving with the passenger — who McCahill said is Shockey's daughter, about 10 or 11 years old.

McCahill said the victim may be paralyzed. He added that to his knowledge, she suffered broken vertebrae and a brain bleed, among other serious injuries. She is expected to survive and has received medical treatment in Portland. 

Shockey was reportedly westbound when he left the highway and crashed down a steep embankment on the north side of the road. The truck came to a rest near the Santiam River, according to OSP. The vehicle was recovered July 16.

Shockey was rescued and transported by ambulance with nonlife-threatening injuries. The news release said Shockey showed signs of impairment but did not define that impairment at the time.

The young passenger, whose age and name were not initially provided, was transported to Portland by life flight after the crash, according to OSP.

Oregon State Police are continuing the investigation.

The assault charge stems from Shockey allegedly causing serious injury to another human. He is also accused of intentionally, knowingly or recklessly and cruelly causing the death of a dog.

In a notice filed with the court Tuesday morning, the prosecution issued a notice of intent to seek an enhanced sentence if Shockey is found guilty. In the notice, the state indicated that's based on the allegation that “the degree of loss or harm was significantly greater than typical for such offense.”

Judge Keith Stein appointed Michael Lowry as Shockey's defense attorney and set bail at $200,000. The next court hearing in the matter is scheduled for Aug. 1. 

Maddie Pfeifer covers public safety for Mid-Valley Media. She can be contacted at 541-812-6091 or Madison.Pfeifer@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter via @maddiepfeifer_

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Maddie Pfeifer is the public safety/crime and courts reporter for Mid-Valley Media. She has a bachelor's degree in communication studies from the University of Portland. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies and spending time outdoors.

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