Dangling pickup driver six times the limit

Last updated 09:24 27/11/2012
Reuters

A small truck dangles dangerously off an Oregon highway overpass after crashing through a guard rail. Travis Brecher reports.

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Police say a driver whose truck crashed through an overpass guard rail and dangled above a busy US 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, Oregon, from the truck above Highway 217 on Saturday afternoon (Sunday, NZ time).

Authorities say he had a blood alcohol content of 0.50 per cent, more than six times the 0.08 per cent 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 later today (NZ time).

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