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Drunk driver Joshua Davis charged with DUI when more than seven times the legal limit
PORTLAND, OREGON — 06/04/2017– Portland Police report that on Friday, June 2, 2017, at 4:47 p.m., North Precinct and Traffic Division officers responded to the area of Northeast 24th Avenue and Northeast Tillamook Street on the report of a suspected intoxicated driver.
A caller to the Bureau of Emergency Communication (BOEC) reported that the driver of a 2005 silver Pontiac Vibe was unable to maintain the vehicle’s lane of travel and was driving below the speed limit. Officers arrived and located the suspected intoxicated driver’s vehicle. The vehicle was observed traveling across both lanes of traffic prior to stopping on the roadway near the intersection of Northeast 25th Avenue and Northeast Thompson Street.
Officers approached the vehicle, as it remained stopped, and observed the driver of the vehicle collapsed over the steering wheel. Upon assessing the driver’s condition, medical personnel was requested. Medical personnel arrived at the traffic stop, assessed the driver and determined he needed to be transported to the hospital by ambulance because of his level of intoxication.
The Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division continued to investigate the incident and determined the driver was impaired by alcohol. Preliminary blood alcohol results revealed the suspected drunk driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.573%. Motorists must have a BAC below 0.08% to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Oregon.
Once released from the hospital 32-year-old Joshua Davis was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Felony Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) and Misdemeanor Driving While Revoked.
Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs are urged not to get behind the wheel and should have a sober driver or utilize taxis, rideshare companies, or transit so everyone is safe on our streets.
The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.