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Driver held on drunken driving charges after Larch Mountain crash

Vehicle reportedly hit tree, and impact caused it to hit a second tree
by: Contributed photo, Andrey Shishchenko

The Multnomah County Vehicular Crimes Team is investigating an alleged drunken driving crash that injured four people Saturday night.

One of the passengers in the single car accident, a 16-year-old Oregon City girl, is still hospitalized with a broken pelvis, kidney damage and a possible broken jaw, said Capt. Brett Elliott, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

The driver of the vehicle, Gresham resident Andrey Shishchenko, 19, was reportedly driving around a bend in the road when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a large tree on the passenger side.

The impact of the crash caused the vehicle to spin to the left into a second tree, this time on the rear driver's side, before coming to a stop in the opposite direction.

Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene at 7:42 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, near the intersection of East Larch Mountain Road and East Haines Road, after witnesses reported finding the black BMW 320 resting against a tree on the side of the road, Elliott said.

An initial investigation revealed that alcohol use and speed were likely factors in the crash, Elliott said, adding that the passengers reported warning the driver to slow down.

Shishchenko was also taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center, where he was treated for a minor head injury.

He is being held at the Justice Center Jail on a misdemeanor driving under the influence of intoxicants charge, one count of reckless driving and two counts of third-degree assault.

A fourth-degree assault charge was dropped because there was no complainant.

Bail is set at $100,000.

Sheriff's officials are still waiting for the results of Shishchenko's toxicology reports form the hospital, Elliott said.

Corbett fire officials removed the injured girl from the rear passenger side of the vehicle, where she had been pinned. They called for LifeFlight to take her to Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center. Her condition is unknown.

The other passengers, a 17-year-old Vancouver, Wash., girl and 20-year-old Nikoli Ignashov, of Gresham were taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel. Ignashov has a lacerated spleen.

Although the investigators are unsure about the details, it is likely that Ignashov, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, was the only one wearing a seatbelt, Elliott said.