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Two people survive crash down 75-foot embankment

Driver, a Gresham woman, is cited for impaired driving and assault


A Gresham woman is suspected of being intoxicated when she drove off a road and crashed down a steep embankment in Troutdale late Thursday, Aug. 22.by: COURTESY: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE  - Police and firefighters couldnt find this car, which drove off a road and down an embankment, until the passenger honked the horn, guiding emergency responders to its location.

Denise Sumpter, 42, survived the crash at about 11:25 p.m. in the 29200 block of Southeast Kerslake Road in Troutdale, where her 2001 Ford Excursion left the road, falling 75 feet down an embankment, said Lt. Steve Alexander, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

The car rolled once, then landed right-side-up. A male passenger called 911 and was told to honk the car's horn to help emergency personnel find the vehicle, which they were unable to see in the dark, heavily wooded ravine. Following the sounds of the horn, police and paramedics subsequently found the vehicle.

Gresham Fire & Emergency Services deployed it rope rescue team to extricate the passenger and driver and draw them up to the road. Both were transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Sumpter was cited and released at the hospital on allegations of driving under the influence of intoxicants and fourth-degree assault.




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