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Suspected drunk driver crashes on Highway 26, hospitalized

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BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

An unconscious man was pulled from a burning car in Beaverton early Wednesday morning after deputies said he was driving the wrong way down Highway 26 and crashed.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said deputy Kevin Weisenfluh was driving east on Highway 26 near the Highway 217 interchange at 2:39 a.m. when he saw headlights coming toward him on the highway. Weisenfluh then turned on his overhead lights to try to warn the wrong way driver, but the driver drove toward the police car lights, forcing the deputy to swerve out of the way to avoid a head-on crash. 

A short time later, the driver crashed the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze he was driving into the center barrier and the support posts for an overhead sign near Highway 26 and Southwest Murray Boulevard. The man was unconscious and bleeding heavily when deputies responded to the scene. 

Deputies pulled the man out of the Chervolet, which went up in flames. Deputies said they had to cut the man's seat belt to extricate him and put out the fire with fire extinguishers. The driver quickly regained consciousness and was transported to a local hospital. 

Beaverton police identified the driver as 22-year-old Mohammed Warfa and said his injuries weren't believed to be life-threatening.

A FOX 12 viewer was driving to work and saw the crash happen. He said Warfa slammed into a pole.

Warfa was the only occupant of the car in the crash. "We are all glad no other injuries resulted from a very serious traffic crash caused by an apparent intoxicated driver. My thanks to the Beaverton Police Department and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue for their terrific response and investigation," said Sheriff Pat Garrett. 

Police said Warfa was cited for DUII, with a blood alcohol level of 0.23, along with reckless driving and reckless endangerment.  

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