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Trooper Interrupts Woman's Suicide Attempt Off Highway 26 Near Coast Range Summit
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper intervened in a woman’s apparent suicide attempt Friday morning off Highway 26 west of the Dennis L. Edwards Tunnel near milepost 38. The woman was transported to a local hospital for treatment and mental evaluation.
On January 6, 2011 at approximately 7:06 a.m. Trooper Michael Vanrenterghem was patrolling on Highway 26 in the Coast Range when he saw a white passenger car parked on the north side of the highway down a gravel driveway blocking a gate to private property. The trooper drove to the vehicle and contacted a 51-year old northwest Portland woman who he later determined was last seen two days ago and was reported missing to Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
During contact the woman said she was intending to harm herself and admitted she had taken two bottles of sleeping pills. A second trooper arrived to assist while they awaited medical personnel. Before medics arrived, the troopers monitored the woman’s conditions which they described as an altered state of consciousness, weak pulse, and drowsy.
Metro West Ambulance arrived on scene and transported the woman to St. Vincent Hospital for a medical and mental evaluation.