Alcohol blamed for head-on crash on Banfield Freeway

Police have arrested the driver of a wrong-way car that caused a head-on crash on the Banfield Freeway early Sunday.

Olelia Lorraine Brown, 29, of Southeast Portland was cited for DUII and Reckless Driving. Tests show a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .294%, nearly four times the legal limit, at the time of the accident. She remains hospitalized with injuries non-life threatening sustained in the accident.

The driver of the other car also sustained non-life threatening injuries.

According to police, at 2:04 a.m. on June 3, North Precinct officers responded to the report of a head-on traffic crash on westbound I-84, just east of the Lloyd Boulevard exit. Officers arrived and learned that a black 2002 Nissan Maxima 4-door had been traveling east in the westbound lanes of I-84 and crashed head-on with a black 2001 Ford Focus.

The driver of the Ford told officers that he saw the Nissan coming at him in the wrong direction and moved lanes to avoid a collision. But the Nissan moved also and they crashed head-on, causing both vehicles' airbags to deploy. Both drivers were transported to an area hospital.

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