SCHOLLS – One driver crashed, shearing a power pole while a different one drove through the crash and was stopped by police in the Scholls community.
Around 11:15pm Saturday night, police went to SW Scholls Ferry Road west of SW Clark Hill Road on a report that a car crashed into a utility pole. The driver was trapped inside as the grass caught fire. Police found a power pole sheared into three pieces and the grass fire was put out. A 2013 Scion XD was found with severe front end damage. The car had gone off the road, traveling 150 feet before hitting the pole. The Scion then went an extra 300 feet before stopping.
Police concluded the driver, 35-year-old Javier Martinez-Becerril from Beaverton, was drunk and taken to a hospital. Martinez-Becerril was charged with DUII and Criminal Mischief. Power lines were down and the road was closed for three hours to replace the pole and power lines.
While police were investigating the crash, a 2014 Ford Focus drove around the barricade that was closing the road around 1:15am. When police stopped the driver of the Focus, 28-year-old Keith Fuller from Eugene, they found out he was also drunk, arresting Fuller for DUII and booked him into the Washington County Jail.
Washington County Police arrest over 1000 drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol every year. People are encouraged to plan ahead and have a designated driver before drinking alcohol.