It is unclear exactly what caused the accident but it is a good guess the driver being extremely drunk had something to do with it. The man was rescued after an hour, taken to hospital, and then charged with DUI.
According to the Beaverton Police Department [PDF], police arrived at the accident scene at 3:38 p.m. on Saturday. Officers observed a red pickup truck dangling from an overpass over Highway 217. The male driver, the truck's lone occupant, was still in the cab of the vehicle.
Firefighters with Taulatin Valley Fire & Rescue also arrived at the scene. The truck was secured to a fire truck with ropes and chains to prevent it from going over the overpass. Then a fire engine on the highway used a basket to extricate the driver from the truck. A crane was later called in to remove the truck from atop the guardrail.
Matthew Alan Hamilton, 38, was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Blood samples were taken at the hospital and Hamilton was charged with DUI.
KOIN reports Hamilton had a blood alcohol reading of .50, not to be confused with the more common reading of .05. The amount of alcohol in his blood was more than six times the legal limit in Oregon. People can become unconscious and die after their blood alcohol level reaches .40.
The Beaverton Police Department released further information yesterday. As reported by The Oregonian, they said Hamilton was drinking at a friend's house while playing a civil war game. Police are cautioning people not to allow their guests to drink too much alcohol before driving.
After leaving the friend's house, police say Hamilton was driving south on Highway 217 when he took the Denney Road exit. He was going too fast and his truck ended up on the guardrail of the overpass.
In addition to the DUI charge, Hamilton was also charged with reckless driving, driving while under suspension and breaching probation. After he was released from hospital, Hamilton was booked into the Washington County Jail.