Police: Driver of truck dangling from overpass blew a .50
BEAVERTON, Ore. - The driver of a pickup that somehow ended up dangling off an overpass in Beaverton, Ore., on Saturday had a blood-alcohol level of .50 - more than six times the legal limit of .08, police said.
The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. on the Denney Road overpass along Highway 217, trapping the driver in a precarious position.
When police arrived at the scene, the driver was still inside the truck.
A Technical Rescue Team from Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue was called there as well and secured the truck to a fire engine to keep it from falling. They then used a fire engine basket to get the driver to safety.
The driver was later identified as 38-year-old Matthew Alan Hamilton of Beaverton. He was taken to a local hospital to get checked out - police said injuries he suffered in the crash did not appear to be life-threatening.
When Hamilton's blood-alcohol level was checked, it registered .50, more than six times Oregon's legal limit of .08, police said, adding that he will be charged with DUI and driving while suspended from a previous DUI conviction once he is released from the hospital.
The crash blocked all of the southbound lanes of the street for five hours.