WL sees another triple-digit speeder


Joseph Hung Manh Mai, 40, of Portland, got more than he bargained for when he took his wife and 4-month old son for a ride on I-205 in their black Mercedes sedan during the early hours Sunday morning.

Mai allegedly had been drinking at a Saturday night party, but his wife had not. Unfortunately for everyone, Mai was driving when West Linn Police Sgt. Dave Kempas clocked Mai's vehicle at 101 miles per hour on northbound I-205 near the viewpoint.

Kempas caught the speeding vehicle as it crossed the Willamette River, and signaled its driver to stop. During the stop, Kempas determined that he had probable cause to charge Mai with driving while under the influence of intoxicants. Later, his blood alcohol was measured at 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

Mai was arrested without incident and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on one count of DUII, one count of reckless driving and two counts of reckless endangering because his wife and son were in the vehicle. He also was cited for excessive speed. The speed citation for 101 mph costs $1,103.

Mai was released after he had become sober, and the vehicle was released to his wife so she had a way to take the baby home.

Regarding Kempas' presence on I-205 to check vehicles' speed, Sgt. Neil Hennelly says it's a preventive measure in the interest of all drivers.

'We patrol the freeway as we do city streets,' he said, 'because we respond to crashes (on I-205), and by patrolling the freeway we help reduce the chance of crashes.'