The driver of a dump truck was cited for illegal driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants after the truck crashed and flipped over Thursday on Southwest 209th Avenue near Kinnaman Road in Aloha.
Matthew A. Toelle, 30, of Portland, was able to escape through the broken windshield of the 1975 Ford dump truck after it flipped over around 11:20 a.m.
Toelle, who Washington County Sheriff's Office investigators said does not have a valid Commercial Driver's License, was arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail on accusations of DUII and reckless driving.
Sheriff's deputies investigating the crash spoke with several witnesses who said Toelle, whose truck was empty, was driving erratically before the crash.
The truck was heading northbound on Southwest 209th Avenue when it drifted off the road on the right shoulder, and the rear wheels were pulled into the gravel. Toelle attempted to drive the truck out of the ditch, but apparently overcorrected and sent the truck sideways across the southbound lane of 209th Avenue, nearly missing a southbound car, said Sgt. David Thompson, sheriff's office spokesman.
The truck went over a deep ditch and into brush near a large field along the road, where the truck flipped on its side.
Toelle escaped from the truck without injury. While talking to him, deputies said they suspected the driver was under the influence of alcohol. They eventually arrested him and transported him to the sheriff's office, where he registered 0.17 on the intoxilyzer machine, Thompson reported. The legal blood alcohol limit in Oregon is .08.
The owner of the company for which Toelle was driving was notified of the crash.
The street was closed during the investigation while a tow truck removed the dump truck from the area.