Oregon driver of dangling pickup charged with DUI

November 26, 2012 - 1:33 PM
Dangling Truck

This image provided by the Beaverton Police Department shows a red pickup truck dangling from the Denney Road overpass near highway 217 outside Beaverton, Oregon as emergency workers respond to the scene Saturday afternoon Nov. 24, 2012. The driver has been identified as Matthew Alan Hamilton 38 years old of Beaverton. He was taken to the hospital with unkown injuries after being plucked from the truck by firefighters. Hamilton has been arrested for DUI, driving while suspended for a previous misdemeanor DUI. (AP Photo/Beaverton Police Department)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Police say a driver whose truck crashed through an overpass guard rail and dangled above a busy Oregon highway for nearly an hour had six times the legal limit of alcohol in his system.

Firefighters using a ladder and basket plucked 38-year-old Matthew Alan Hamilton, of Beaverton, from the truck above Highway 217 on Saturday afternoon.

Authorities say he had a blood alcohol content of 0.50 percent, more than six times the 0.08 percent limit in Oregon.

Beaverton police say Hamilton had been drinking at a friend's house during the Civil War football game between the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.

He was charged with drunken driving and driving while his license was suspended from a previous drunken driving charge and was to appear in court Monday.