Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on June 5th, 2015 at 10:14 pm
This just in from the Portland Police Bureau:
Central Precinct officers received a call of an accident with the driver attempting to leave the scene, driving the wrong way on S.W. Stark Street from S.W. 3rd Avenue. During the attempted flight from the scene the driver struck several parked vehicles, at least one bicyclist and some construction scaffolding.
The driver was stopped and responding officers took custody of her pending an investigation into the incident. The accident is being investigated and it is believed that alcohol is a factor. At this time it appears that there were no serious injuries.
The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind motorists that drinking and driving is both dangerous and illegal.
SW Stark east of 3rd Avenue has two active travel lanes and an auto parking lane on both sides of the street. One of the two travel lanes is a bicycle-only lane that has been treated with green color to designate it as such. The paint is pretty faded these days, but it doesn’t seem like any type of paint or treatment would have prevented what this woman did.
We’ll share more details when we can.
UPDATE, 6/6 at 3:00 am: Here’s the latest from the PPB:
The driver, Claudia Garcia, a 23-year-old female, was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail for this accident. Charges include Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants as well as multiple charges of Reckless Driving, Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver and Assault IV.