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Troopers Stop Man Having Diabetic Emergency - Interstate 5 in Salem
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers responding to multiple reports of a suspected intoxicated driver on Interstate 5 north of Salem stopped the vehicle after being involved in a minor collision with it and discovered the man was having a diabetic emergency. The man was treated at the scene by troopers and medical responders.

On July 27, 2012 at approximately 2:55 p.m. OSP troopers were on the lookout for a reported intoxicated driver southbound on Interstate 5 from the Woodburn area after numerous people called to report its erratic driving. An OSP trooper saw the 2004 Honda Accord four-door southbound at Brooks and moved in behind to stop it. The Honda was being driven at speeds between 20 and 85 mph, using all three traffic lanes and both shoulders. The trooper activated the patrol car's overhead lights and siren but the Honda failed to yield. A second trooper moved into position to help near Keizer as both troopers continued to try and get the driver's attention by moving along side the car.

Approaching Portland Road near milepost 260, the Honda was driving at a slow speed as one of the troopers moved in front of the Honda to get the driver's attention. The Honda sped up and collided into the back of the trooper's patrol car at which time it stopped.

The troopers contacted the 76-year old driver and suspected he was having a diabetic emergency. The troopers started emergency medical care until Rural Metro Ambulance and Salem Fire Department personnel arrived to take over.

Medics continued medical treatment for about an hour at the scene before releasing him. The man's son responded to the scene to take him home.

Both vehicles had minor damage.