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Truck careens into Troutdale homes

by: Contributed photo, Michael O’Malley

A Gresham man and alleged drunken driver failed to stop at a light, lost control of his truck on a curve and crashed into two townhouses Friday, April 13.

None of the eight sleeping residents were injured, said Capt. Tim Gerkman, a Gresham police spokesman. And in an odd Friday the 13th twist, Ryan Loomis, a health and physical education teacher at Springwater Trail High School - where staff and students are already reeling this week in the wake of a student shooting on campus - calls one of the townhouses home.

Michael M. O'Malley, 28, posted $3,000 of his $30,000 bail at the Justice Center Jail at 1 p.m. Friday, April 13. Gresham police arrested him at about 3 a.m. on eight counts of reckless endangering, two counts of second-degree criminal mischief, plus charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving.

Detectives said O'Malley was driving his Ford F-350 pickup truck westbound on Southeast Lusted Road at about 2 a.m. when he failed to stop at a flashing red light and a stop sign before turning left onto southbound Southeast 282nd Avenue.

He lost control of his truck while turning, hit a curb, rolled his pickup and crashed into two attached townhouses in the 5900 block of Southeast Woodland Drive. Damage to the homes is estimated at $55,000.

The suspect reportedly ran from the wreck and had almost made it the mile and a half home when officers apprehended him. 'He had injuries consistent with the crash,' such as cuts and scrapes on his face and head, Gerkman said. Also the man was dirty, wet and covered with shards of glass.

Upon seeing the officers, O'Malley reportedly expressed relief, explaining that he'd been in a bar fight and someone stole his truck. When officers didn't believe him, he reportedly requested an attorney and refused to submit a breath sample.