Washington County sheriffs deputies are trying to determine how a truck ended up in tree branches early Sunday morning

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF TVF&R - Washington County Sheriff's deputies are still trying to determine how this truck landed in a tree off of Highway 99W near Sherwood, Sunday morning.Washington County sheriff’s deputies are still "stumped" trying to figure out how a truck ended up lodged in branches about 10 feet up on a fir tree early Saturday morning.

According to Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, firefighters discovered the vehicle following a 7:33 a.m. 9-1-1 call reporting the incident on Highway 99W at Middleton Road (about a mile south of Sunset Boulevard).

Crews used thermal imagers to scan the vehicle and the surrounding area around the tree to confirm that the truck was vehicle was empty and that no one had been ejected during the crash. They found nothing and a PGE lineman in a boom truck also made sure the truck was empty.

At 10:30 a.m., the owner of the Toyota pickup (which was either a 1984 or a 1994 model), returned to the scene as deputies were investigating the accident, according to Sgt. Bob Ray, a sheriff’s department spokesman.

Emily Van Vleck, 19, of St. Paul was cited for criminal mischief (for recklessly damaging property) and hit and run (property damage), both misdemeanors.

“It’s still unclear how she ended up the tree,” Ray said Monday afternoon.

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