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DUII driver demolishes Foster Road bus shelter

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - An East Precinct District officer talks with the driver of the Honda which plowed through a TriMet bus shelter, smashing it to bits, on S.E. Foster Road. Thats whats left of the shelter, on the parking strip, behind at left.Over the years, THE BEE has reported on repeated vandalism to various TriMet bus shelters.

But none of them quite matched what happened to a glass-and-steel shelter on S.E. Foster Road just east 58th Avenue. It was completely leveled, and reduced to its component parts, at about 8:15 pm on July 26. And it wasn’t destroyed by marauding delinquents.

Instead, it appeared as if the driver of a late model Honda Civic Hybrid had been westbound on Foster Road when she jumped the curb, mowed down a sapling, and drove right through the bus shelter – completely dismantling it.

As a TriMet supervisor glumly surveyed the scene, a Portland Police East Precinct officer talked with the driver. Minutes later, a Traffic Division officer arrived on scene, and took the driver through a field sobriety test.

“34-year-old Lisa Lynn Sheridan of Southeast Portland was arrested in connection with this incident,” PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson later told THE BEE. “Sheridan is charged with DUII-Drugs, Reckless Driving, and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.” And TriMet, finding repair impossible, set out to replace the shelter.