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Driver Arrested Following Critical Injury Crash in Pendleton; 3 lbs. of Marijuana Found in Car
04/28/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Spokane, Washington woman was critically injured Wednesday morning when the car she as riding in drove under the back of a commercial semi-trailer on Interstate 84 in the Pendleton area. The driver of her car was arrested after being released from a Pendleton-area hospital on numerous charges, including marijuana-related charges after Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers found approximately 3 pounds of marijuana in their car.
 
On April 28, 2010 at approximately 6:37 a.m. a 2000 Chevrolet Impala four-door displaying Washington license plates was driven by JOSHUA SAMUEL McDONALD, age 25, from Newport, Washington eastbound on Interstate 84 in the left lane near milepost 209. The Chevrolet was beginning to pass an eastbound commercial truck pulling a semi-trailer operated by GUADALUPE CASTRO, age 40, from Brownsville, Texas when it pulled into the right lane and collided with the left rear corner of the semi-trailer. The car continued under the rear of the trailer and was extensively damaged.
 
The car's right front passenger, STACIA LYNN THUNE, age 22, from Spokane, Washington was critically injured. THUNE and McDONALD were transported by ambulance to St. Anthony's Hospital in Pendleton. THUNE was later taken by LifeFLight to Oregon Health Sciences University where she is in critical condition.
 
McDONALD received minor injuries. After he was treated and released, OSP troopers arrested him for Assault in the First Degree and Reckless Driving. He was lodged in the Umatilla County Jail.
 
Subsequent investigation also led troopers to the discovery of approximately 3 pounds of marijuana in the car's trunk. Charges were added to McDONALD for Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Possession of Marijuana.
 
CASTRO was not injured.
 
Safety restraint use information is not available.
 
OSP troopers were assisted at the scene by local emergency response agencies and ODOT. Eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 were restricted to one lane for the investigation.