Police: DUII suspect arrested after driving wrong way on I-84, causing deadly crash

Deadly crash scene on I-84 in northeast Portland, on left. Jail booking photo of Brian Paul Gardner, on right. 

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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(7) comments

pb sir

Way to go, Brian... at 28 years old, you've just managed to really mess up your life, not to mention taking the life of another innocent human being. I suspect that this apparent (alcohol) problem that you have has been around for a while now...


DUI laws are all mixed up. Some people get too much punishment for the seriousness of their offense and others do not get enough. The punishment should fit the seriousness of the act. If someone has had numerous serious DUI infractions they should be held accountable and stopped from driving for a extended period of time to match the offense. But right now a person with a suspended license just ends up driving without a license and insurance and then when he gets in another accident the victim has no insurance to collect from except his own. I think the DUI laws need to be updated and made more equitable. Right now the laws are just making outside business's rich (DUI classes, driver lock out systems installers, and others in the system that do little but take money from the offender who usually has little to begin with and may be the sole bread winner in a family). When a person needs a license to drive to work to support himself or family there should be a less costly way to be able to get that permission to drive just for that reason but not for any other reason. I agree that the laws just seem to be designed to generate money and not to take care of the problem or solve it !!

Frederick Fukov

And "Brian" will get what? Five years? If that? Over 10,000 people die from DUI related crashes in America every year. Over a million drivers are arrested for DUI every year. That's over 2700 every day or about 54 per state..per day/night.

Why aren't laws and sentences on drunk drivers much more severe? Probably because too many lawmakers and rich and famous people are guilty of it.


Not enough jail space and too many families destroyed by sentencing drunk drivers to long jail or prison terms for what is predominantly a victimless crime.

DUII offenders who are not involved in accidents are severely punished in most states by fines, a few days or weeks in county jails, license restrictions, and in some cases the loss of a job---not to forget higher rates of insurance and the shame that goes along with all of it.

Second time offenders receive more severe sentences and the punishments escalate with each additional offense.

Erik Erlow Eeckhart

10 years in jail, minimum, and pay everything he has to the deceased family


And, the driver was a man, woman? How old? Survived or deceased? Drunk? High? Driving with or without a license? Great writing. [huh]


Where I come from, if you're caught drunk-driving, you lose your job AND your car. If you someone loses their life because of it, it's an automatic life in prison sentence. You will NOT be on the road ever again to take more lives. That's how it should be here, too, but DUII's produce too much revenue for states, so that's more important than punishing people or saving lives.

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