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Wreck was late at night along Highway 30 in Burlington


by: COURTESY OF HEATHER MOAR - The wreckage of Bottoms Up Tavern bartender Heather Moar's car after another vehicle crashed into a row of parked cars in front of the Burlington bar late Saturday, June 28. According to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, 30-year-old Jennifer Lynn Oscar of St. Helens was well above the legal blood alcohol concentration limit at the time she crashed into Moar and others' cars.A car smashed into a row of parked vehicles along Highway 30 through Burlington late Saturday night, June 28, sending the driver to the hospital and causing extensive property damage.

Jennifer Lynn Oscar, 30, of St. Helens registered a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.18, well above the legal limit of 0.08, after crashing her Pontiac sedan into five cars parked along the highway in front of Bottoms Up Tavern, according to Lt. Travis Goldberg, a spokesman for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital from the crash scene.

“She was evaluated for injuries, and then she was cited and released,” Goldberg said.

Oscar faces five charges, including driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and driving uninsured, according to Goldberg. She has not yet been arraigned.

One of the parked cars that was struck belonged to St. Helens resident Heather Moar, a bartender at Bottoms Up Tavern who said on her Facebook she was scheduled to work until 2 a.m. on Sunday, June 29.

Several photographs posted to Moar’s Facebook show her white sedan badly scraped along its left side and missing its left rear wheel entirely. Several other cars suffered similar damage, she said, including at least one that drifted into the right-of-way on Highway 30 after it was struck.

“It was the craziest mess I had ever seen,” Moar told the Spotlight in an instant message. “Some customers and I were trying to slow people down because [they] were flying by and all of these car pieces were everywhere.”

The crash occurred at 11:49 p.m., Goldberg said. The westbound lanes of Highway 30 were closed in the vicinity of the crash while police and paramedics responded, he added.

Oscar has denied responsibility for the crash. She commented on one of Moar’s Facebook posts about the crash Sunday morning, saying she was run off the road.

“I wish that guy wouldnt have fled the scene cuz now the cops [are] sayin I did it all on my own ... since there was no other car to be found,” Oscar wrote.

Oscar did not respond to a request for comment before press time. She told the Spotlight in an instant message Saturday, July 5, after the article was published Friday, that she was run off the road by a black truck or sport utility vehicle. She said the other vehicle drove off as she crashed.

Goldberg confirmed deputies took Oscar’s statement, but said they found no evidence Oscar was forced off the road.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect comments Jennifer Lynn Oscar provided after this article was published in the July 4, 2014, issue of the Spotlight.