Blood alcohol content 5 times legal limit on dangling truck driver

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by Evan Sernoffsky, kgw.com staff

azfamily.com

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 1:10 PM

BEAVERTON -- The driver who crashed into the railing on the Southwest Denney Road overpass and was stuck dangling over Highway 217 Saturday had a blood alcohol content of .5, police said.

Matthew Hamilton, 34, of Beaverton blew through the guard rail on Southwest Denny Road and was trapped hanging over the highway for nearly an hour.

At around 3:40 p.m., crews secured the truck to a fire engine to keep it from falling and used another fire engine with a basket to get the driver out of the truck safely.

“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

Hamilton was taken to the hospital but did to appear to be seriously hurt. Police said he was already driving with a suspended license for DUII.

Hamilton was booked in the Washington County Jail on charges of DUII.

Traffic in both lanes of Highway 217 was reopened Saturday evening.

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