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Suspected drunk driver facing manslaughter charges after car kills pedestrian

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A pedestrian was struck and killed early Sunday morning by a car driven by a man police suspected to be impaired.

Portland Police Bureau officers arrested Mathew Tyler Freeman, 21, of North Portland, who was found in his vehicle, which crashed into a power pole at North Lombard Street and Peninsular Avenue.

Officers at the scene reported that Freeman showed signs of impairment, and noted witnesses said the vehicle, and 1999 Ford Explorer SUV, was driving at a high rate of speed heading west on Lombard before the crash.

The victim in the accident, a 27-year-old man, was first thought to be a passenger in the SUV, before officers discovered he had been hit by the vehicle a block east of the crash.

In addition to PPB officers, investigators from the Traffic Division's Major Crash Team, criminalists from the Forensic Evidence Division and a Deputy District Attorney from the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office investigated at the scene of the accident.

Freeman is in the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned Monday. He faces charges of second degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants.

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