Following a four-day investigation into a hit-and-run and kidnapping incident that would ultimately see the victim end up at a gas station in Clatskanie, a Westport man was arrested on Wednesday, August 7 on multiple charges.
Douglas “Grant” Dickerson, 65, was lodged into the Clatsop County Jail on two counts of Assault II, and one count each of Kidnapping II, Coercion, Menacing, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver. The menacing charge is a misdemeanor, while the rest are felonies in the state of Oregon, and the assault and kidnapping charges are subject to Measure 11 minimum sentencing guidelines, according to a Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office press release.
Officials said the investigation began following a report from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on the evening of August 3. CCSO deputies reported they were on scene with a 60-year-old woman at a Clatskanie gas station who had multiple injuries after reportedly being struck by Dickerson’s 2001 GMC Sierra pickup.
The woman told deputies she had been staying with Dickerson at his Robinson Road address in the small unincorporated community east of Astoria when he became violent towards her. She stated she was trying to flee the residence with the aid of her walker when Dickerson drove his pickup towards her and struck her as she tried to open his gate.
After she was struck, the woman told deputies Dickerson pulled her into the pickup by her hair and assaulted her again by striking her with her own walker, and then drove her to the Clatskanie gas station where a pump attendant intervened.
“Apparently one of the gas station attendants saw him kind of being verbally abusive to her so they called the sheriff’s office,” Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin said. “I think my detectives were already looking for him so that kind of worked out well.”
Officials said the Menacing charge stems from threats the woman claims Dickerson made while driving to Clatskanie.
“He said he planned to drive her into the forest and kill her after getting some fuel,” officials said via press release. “More charges may be filed as Clatsop County deputies continue their investigation.”
The Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office said this is the fourth time Dickerson has been arrested by their agency in 2019. In April, Dickerson posted bail after being lodged for Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Menacing, following a confrontation with guests in his home. In May, Dickerson was again lodged in jail for Menacing, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Reckless Endangering following a dispute with his neighbors. Then, on July 14, Dickerson was arrested after neighbors say he threatened them with a rifle. He again posted bail and was released.
The Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the CCSO and Seaside Police Department in the investigation.