August 11, 2013
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
A Veneta-area man received minor injuries following a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning on Highway 126W at Poodle Creek Road in Noti. Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers from the Springfield Area Command are continuing the investigation which at this point has led to citations to appear in court including Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) - Alcohol.
According to Trooper Evan Sether, on August 11, 2013, at approximately 1:29 a.m., a Chevrolet Caprice operated by TREVOR JAMES LAMBERSON, age 43, from Veneta, was southbound on Poodle Creek Road approaching the T-intersection at Highway 126W. LAMBERSON failed to stop at the posted stop sign and continued southbound through the intersection and off the roadway. After striking an ODOT highway sign, the vehicle went off an embankment and collided with several large trees, coming to rest approximately 40 - 50 feet off the roadway near Elk Creek.
A fire started in the vehicle while LAMBERSON was still inside. An area resident, who heard the crash and came outside to investigate, pulled LAMBERSON from the vehicle before it became fully engulfed in flames. The fire spread to nearby brush and one tree before firefighters arrived and extinguished it.
LAMBERSON was transported by ground ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with non-life threatening injuries. He was wearing safety restraints and indications are airbags did deploy.
LAMBERSON was subsequently cited for the following offenses:
* Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (Alcohol)
* Reckless Driving
* Criminal Mischief in the 2nd Degree
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Lane Rural Fire Department. Highway 126W was not blocked during the investigation.
The name of the area resident who helped LAMBERSON is not available for this release.
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