While an East Precinct officer nearby watched, a white truck sped eastbound on S.E. Powell Boulevard – and smashed right into a TriMet bus shelter and a concrete barrier at S.E. 50th Avenue. It was at about 12:30 a.m., in the very early morning of Thursday, June 29.
"The driver got out of the vehicle and started walking away from the crash, along with a passenger who also got out of the vehicle," reported Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.
A tow truck was called to move the smashed truck out of the roadway, while officers sauntered after, stopped, and talked with the driver. They determined that he was alcohol-impaired, Simpson remarked.
28-year-old Andrew McLaughlin was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver (Hit and Run), and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree (two counts).
"The passenger, who was also intoxicated, was taken to a sobering facility," Simpson said dryly.