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Alcohol blamed for 3-vehicle accident on I-84 in Gresham

Alcohol is commonly blamed for multi-vehicle traffic accidents, but usually only one driver is charged with an alcohol-related traffic violation. A three-vehicle accident on I-84 in Gresham has the unusual distinction of involving two allegedly intoxicated drivers.

According to police, a suspected drunken driver allegedly smashed his car into the back end of a semi-trailer truck while both were headed west on I-84. Both the truck and the car stopped. The driver of the car was getting out of his vehicle when a pickup truck rammed into his car and broke his leg. The driver of the pickup was also alleged to have been driving under the influence of alcohol.

The driver with the broken leg was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for serious injuries, including his broken leg. No other injuries were reported. The driver of the pickup was taken to Multnomah County jail and charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicant and third-degree assault. Police have not yet alleged any crimes against the injured driver or explained how they concluded that he was intoxicated.

Driving under the influence of an intoxicant or psychotropic medication is never a wise idea. The penalties for drunk driving are harsh enough by themselves, but when a person suffers a serious injury, as happened in this accident, the criminal charges can involve assault and, if a death occurs, manslaughter or murder. Anyone facing such charges can benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney for advice on the strength of the evidence and the likelihood of obtaining an acquittal or a favorable plea agreement.

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