Drunk Driver Dangles Off Overpass

Matthew Hamilton had a .50 blood alcohol level

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 25, 2012 3:55 PM CST

(Newser) – Need a reminder about the dangers of driving at .50 blood alcohol level? An inebriated Oregon man dangled off an overpass in his truck for nearly an hour yesterday while rescue crews struggled to save him, the Oregonian reports. Matthew Hamilton, 38, had driven his pickup off an overpass in Beaverton—and would have gone right over, but his back tires got caught in the guardrail. So he hung there while crews tied his truck to a fire engine and rescued him by using a basket from an engine below.

Hamilton was taken to hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Police arrested him for driving drunk—more than six times over the legal limit, in fact—and driving with a suspended license from an earlier DUI charge.

A red pickup truck dangles from the Denney Road overpass near highway 217 outside Beaverton, Oregon as emergency workers respond to the scene Saturday afternoon Nov. 24, 2012.
A red pickup truck dangles from the Denney Road overpass near highway 217 outside Beaverton, Oregon as emergency workers respond to the scene Saturday afternoon Nov. 24, 2012.   (AP Photo/Beaverton Police Department)
A red pickup truck dangles from the Denney Road overpass near highway 217 outside Beaverton, Oregon as emergency workers respond to the scene Saturday afternoon Nov. 24, 2012.
A red pickup truck dangles from the Denney Road overpass near highway 217 outside Beaverton, Oregon as emergency workers respond to the scene Saturday afternoon Nov. 24, 2012.   (AP Photo/Beaverton Police Department)
Matthew Alan Hamilton, 38, of Beaverton. Oregon.
Matthew Alan Hamilton, 38, of Beaverton. Oregon.   (AP Photo/Beaverton Police Department)
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