At nearly midnight Jan. 13, a 17-year-old Portland girl was driving northbound on I-205 near Blankenship Road when she lost control of the compact sedan and crashed into the guardrail. The vehicle came to rest facing south in the northbound lanes.

Police officers arrived minutes later to discover extensive front-end damage. The girl was given emergency first-aid by Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue personnel and transported by ambulance to Emanuel Hospital with what officials called 'non-life-threatening injuries.'

Witnesses told West Linn police that the girl had been traveling in a pack with two other vehicles at a high rate of speed.

'One witness came around a curve in the road,' said Sgt. Neil Hennelly, 'and had to take evasive actions to avoid colliding with this car. The other two cars fled.'

After the girl had been treated at the hospital, she was cited for driving while intoxicated.

'Anytime you add alcohol and driving,' Hennelly said, 'you have a recipe for disaster, especially with a juvenile.'

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