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Man caught after Damascus crash

A man who crashed a car in Damascus fled the scene, leaving behind his injured passenger.

Erik B. Sharp, 36, of Oregon City now faces allegations of driving under the influence, reckless driving and failure to perform the duties of a driver, also known as hit and run, said Lieutenant Gregg Hastings, Oregon State Police spokesman.

At about 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, a 2007 Honda Civic that Sharp was driving crashed into a power pole along Highway 224 near milepost 14. Oregon State Police, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and firefighters from the Boring Fire District responded and found a woman trapped in the car. She told them that the driver fled toward a nearby creek.

Firefighters extricated Jodie A. Clark, 38, of Arizona, from the car. She was transported via ambulance to Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, treated and released.

Two hours after the crash, police with help from a canine officer found the driver along the near Southeast 232nd Drive.

He, too, was taken via ambulance to Legacy Hood Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

After more investigation, police cited Sharp to appear in Clackamas County Circuit Court on allegations of hit and run, driving recklessly and driving impaired.



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