BEAVERTON -- The driver who crashed into the railing on the Southwest Denney Road overpass and was stuck dangling over Highway 217 for over an hour had been drinking at a friend's house in Beaverton during the Civil War game, police said.
Matthew Hamilton, 34, of Beaverton had a blood alcohol content of .5 percent, which is more than 6-times over the legal limit, when he crashed through the guardrail. He was trapped hanging over the highway for nearly an hour before rescuers saved him around 3:40 p.m. on Saturday.
In court Monday, Hamilton was charged with driving with a suspended license and DUII. Court records showed that he has several past DUII convictions on his record. He also faces two probation violations connected to the latest arrest.
"A .50 blood-alcohol content is very high. In my career, I have never seen that nor have I ever heard of anyone having a blood-alcohol content that high and still being able to be talking and communicating," said officer Mike Rowe with the Beaverton Police Department.
"It’s a very nerve-wracking situation. You know that you need to do your job. You’ve trained. So you just rely on your training and hopefully it works out for the best,” said Lt. Peter Gordon with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue.
Arriving crews strapped Hamilton's truck to a fire engine to keep it from falling and used another fire engine with a basket to reach the driver.
Hamilton was taken to the hospital but did not appear to be seriously hurt. Police said he was driving with a license that had been suspended for a past DUII conviction.