Police said a DUI driver on a motorcycle crashed near the Interstate Bridge, suffered fractured bones and blocked traffic during the morning commute.
It happened around 8 a.m. just north of the bridge in Vancouver.
Troopers said Clifton Weese was driving a 2007 Suzuki LS 650 motorcycle northbound when he lost control in the center lane. He moved to the left lane and skidded down the paved shoulder.
The motorcycle struck the center concrete barrier, throwing Weese from the bike into a tree. The motorcycle traveled down the barrier before reentering traffic and coming to a rest in the center lane.
Weese was found unconscious and lying in the paved median by a passing driver. That driver moved the motorcycle away from traffic before troopers arrived.
Weese was taken to a Portland hospital with a compound fracture to his leg, fractured ribs, fractured arm and damage to his kidneys.
Troopers said it was obvious Weese was driving under the influence of alcohol and he admitted to consuming multiple drinks. He was arrested on DUI charges and a sample of his blood was taken for evidence with his consent.
Investigators said Weese recently purchased the motorcycle and was wearing an approved department of transportation helmet. However, he was not endorsed to operate a motorcycle in Washington.
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