PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A DUII suspect drove the wrong way on Interstate 84 early Thursday morning and caused a deadly crash in northeast Portland, according to police.
Emergency crews responded to the eastbound highway under the Interstate 205 ramps near Northeast Halsey Street at 3:53 a.m.
Investigators said 28-year-old Brian Paul Gardner was driving the wrong direction in a curved area on I-84. Police said oncoming drivers going the correct direction would have had a difficult time seeing Gardner’s vehicle.
Gardner’s vehicle collided with another vehicle. Crews shut down all eastbound lanes and attempted lifesaving efforts for the other driver. Police said that driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The victim’s name has not been released.
Gardner was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries and then booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of DUII, reckless driving and second-degree manslaughter.
Anyone who witnessed the crash and has not already spoken to officers is asked to contact investigator Dow at the Portland Police Traffic Division, 503-823-5070.
The eastbound highway was shut down for hours, before reopening just before 9 a.m.
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