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Deputies: Suspended driver falls asleep at the wheel, hits tree

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A driver with a suspended license fell asleep at the wheel, crashed into a tree and was trapped inside her SUV until firefighters could rescue her, according to deputies.

Emergency crews responded to Highway 229 near Milepost 25 in Siletz at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday.

Investigators said a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe went off the roadway and hit a tree, pinning the driver inside.  

Siletz Valley Fire and Pac West Ambulance responded and rescued her from the vehicle.

The driver, identified as 19-year-old Samantha Stevens of Siletz, was complaining of an injury to her left shoulder and was treated and released at the hospital.

Investigators said Stevens had fallen asleep while driving and lost control of her SUV. She was cited for driving while suspended and driving uninsured.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said this is at least the fourth incident in the last week deputies have responded to involving fatigued or sleeping drivers.

"If you feel yourself feeling sleepy while driving you are encouraged to pull off the roadway in a safe location and walk or exercise briefly to combat the fatigue before continuing," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

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