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Police cite two drunk drivers on Tonquin Road

Separate crashes a few days apart share similiarities


It was a bad week to be driving on Southwest Tonquin Road near Sherwood, after drunk drivers were involved in two separate crashes that sent two people to the hospital and injured two others.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies were called to the area on Monday after a Ford pickup truck and a Subaru were involved in a head-on collision. by: WCSO - Sheriff's deputies say a drunk driver crashed this Ford pickup truck into another car after driving on the wrong side of the road Monday night. The crash was the second drunk driving collision in a week on the Sherwood-area road.

Deputies said James Wygant, 46, of Sherwood was driving drunk in his 2005 Ford F-350 on the wrong side of the road at about 7:53 p.m., when he crashed into the Subaru.

Wygant was injured in the crash and taken to Oregon Health & Science University Hospital for treatment.

The two occupants of the Subaru — Joel Leahy of Arlington, Tenn., and Zach Greene of Cleaveland, Tenn. — sustained non-life threatening injuries, but were not taken to a hospital

Deputies arrested Wygant after it was determined that his blood-alcohol content was substantially higher than the legal limit of .08 percent.

Wygant was cited for driving under the influence of intoxicants and fourth-degree assault.

The situation is strikingly similar to a single-vehicle crash on the same stretch of road a few days earlier.

Washington County sheriff’s deputies cited a Wilsonville woman after investigators said she crashed into a power pole, snapping it in half on Friday morning.by: WCSO - Deputies say a drunk driver crashed into a power poke, snapping it in half on Tonquin Road on Friday

According to deputies, investigators responded to a single-vehicle crash in that same area at about 11:11 a.m., after the woman’s 2003 BMW sport-utility vehicle crashed into a power pole.

Paramedics were already on the scene when deputies arrived and were examining 49-year-old Gail Feldman, who deputies said was the driver of the vehicle.

Feldman did not have any serious injuries but was acting abnormally and transported to OHSU for observation.

Deputies said Feldman was drunk, driving recklessly and salso had a blood-alcohol level “substantially higher” than the legal limit.

The vehicle's impact brought the power pole crashing to the ground. Crews from Portland General Electric spent several hours replacing the pole.

Feldman was cited for driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and criminal mischief.

The road was closed for hours during each investigation.

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