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Man drives 4 miles with flaming car after St. John’s Bridge hit-run, police say

By Aimee Plante,


PORTLAND, Ore. ( KOIN ) – A driver faces hit-and-run and DUII charges after a three-car crash Thursday afternoon on the St. John’s Bridge , according to Portland police.

After the crash at about 4 p.m., authorities say the suspect “made it over four miles with his vehicle on fire before he had to stop” at Northwest Yeon and 29th Avenue.

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Authorities say the man tried to flee, but they quickly found him hiding in some nearby bushes. He now faces DUII, reckless driving and hit-and-run charges.


Police say no serious injuries were reported, but the vehicles affected “were pretty banged up.” Portland Fire & Rescue crews put out the flames from the incident while the Oregon Department of Transportation helped with traffic safety.

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