PORTLAND – The driver arrested in a deadly crash on Interstate 5 Friday has a long history of driving-related convictions dating back more than 20 years, according to records obtained by KGW Saturday.
Donald Witt, 56, was arrested for driving with a revoked license following a crash that killed 52-year-old Thomas Swift of Vancouver, Wash.
Around 5 p.m., Witt was driving a Ford F-150 that rear-ended Swift's small Chevrolet coupe, killing him. Swift's car also hit another car causing a complete shutdown of I-5 for nearly three and a half hours.
According to court records, Witt was convicted of driving while suspended in 2003. He was also convicted of driving while revoked, one of which was a class C felony, twice.
Witt has also racked up four DUII convictions in Oregon dating back to 1995 with the most recent conviction in 2008.
Witt was released from the Multnomah County Jail after posting bail and is facing charges of driving with a revoked license.
Detectives from Portland police’s crash team are continuing their investigation.
Southbound lanes of I-5 were closed at Southwest Capitol Highway for hours after the crash that happened during peak rush-hour traffic.
Lolo Lomax works near where the crash happened and saw a man from a nearby business trying to give CPR to Swift. “It is really sobering, kinda stops you and makes you think about what’s really going on,” he said.
All lanes were closed until just a little before 9 p.m. Friday.
KGW reporter Katherine Cook contributed to this report.