A Beaverton man accused of causing a crash that led to massive backups on Highway 217 over the weekend appeared in court Monday.
Beaverton police said Matthew Hamilton was drunk when he drove his truck off the Denney Road overpass at Highway 217.
Before the crash, Hamilton had been drinking at a friend's house while watching the Civil War rivalry game between Oregon and Oregon State, police said.
He later crashed his red pickup on Denney Road around 3:40 p.m., leading crews to shut down lanes of Highway 217 for hours.
"His face was head down into the airbag," said witness Rebecca Jones. "(I thought) oh my God, did he die? Was he passed out? And it wasn't until I started driving away that I noticed he was starting to move and he was waking up."
A piece of metal that caught the back axle is the only thing that kept Hamilton's truck from plummeting onto the road below.
Crews worked for several hours to save Hamilton and pull his red pickup truck up to safety. Firefighters used a fire engine equipped with a basket to get him out of the truck.
Beaverton police said Hamilton's blood alcohol level was .50 - more than six times the legal limit of .08.
Once crews brought him to safety, a crane was brought in to lift Hamilton's truck and load it onto a tow truck.
Records show Hamilton has an extensive criminal history, including several driving under the influence of intoxicants arrests. He was driving on a suspended license from a previous DUII arrest, according to records.
He is facing charges of DUII, driving while suspended and reckless driving. He was also arraigned in court for violating the probation from his previous DUII.
He is due back in court for a pretrial conference Nov. 30.
Copyright 2012 KPTV (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved.
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Saturday, May 18 2013 2:54 AM EDT2013-05-18 06:54:01 GMT
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.More >
Sunday, May 19 2013 1:02 AM EDT2013-05-19 05:02:36 GMT
Sherry Lakey said her 32-year-old son, Scott, would probably be dead if it wasn't for a group of quick thinking neighbors. "He's doing ok," she said. "Thankfully, because he has two little girls to thinkMore >
Sherry Lakey said her 32-year-old son, Scott, would probably be dead if it wasn't for a group of quick-thinking neighbors.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 11:00 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:00:58 GMT
A masked man barged into a local marijuana dispensary and robbed two people at gunpoint. It happened at 10:45 a.m. Thursday morning at the Relief Medical Marijuana Facility on Southeast 122nd near Glisan.More >
An armed robber held a gun to the back of a woman's head and threatened to shoot her if he didn't get marijuana. More >
One of Alaska's most restless volcanoes has shot an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the air in an ongoing eruption that has drawn attention from a nearby community but isn't expected to threaten air traffic.More >
One of Alaska's most restless volcanoes shot an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the air Friday in an ongoing eruption that is visible for miles when the weather allows.More >
Wednesday, May 15 2013 2:57 PM EDT2013-05-15 18:57:11 GMT
The old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Perhaps, this applies to Kitchen Nightmares, as well. An Arizona bakery was featured on Friday's episode of the Gordon RamseyMore >
The old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Perhaps, this applies to Kitchen Nightmares, as well.More >