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Thermal Imaging Camera Helps Catch Intoxicated Hit & Run Driver east of Sandy
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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With the help of Sandy Fire Department's thermal imaging camera, a Rhododendron-area man was found hiding in the bushes and arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers on multiple charges related to a Sunday morning alcohol-involved hit and run crash east of Sandy.
According to OSP Trooper Justin Lane, on August 29, 2010 at approximately 2:15 a.m. OSP and Sandy police responded to a reported single vehicle crash into a guardrail on Highway 26 near milepost 27 at Veneer Lane. A witness reported the vehicle was being driven erratically at high speeds prior to the crash and its driver was seen fleeing the area on foot. The vehicle, a red 1985 Volvo station wagon, was found abandoned in a creek about 50 feet down an embankment on the westbound side of the highway after damaging about 50 feet of guardrail, a stop sign and street sign, and a privately owned gate.
Witness statements helped OSP positively identify the driver as the vehicle's registered owner who was determined to not be home after he was last known to be at a Rhododendron area bar.
Clackamas County 9-1-1 was receiving multiple calls about a man screaming for help in bushes along Highway 26 one mile west of the crash scene. An extensive two hour area search using Sandy Fire Department's thermal imaging camera led officers to find the wet, dirty and intoxicated driver in some brush along Highway 26.
The driver, KEVIN M. HAMPSON, age 26, from Rhododendron, was transported by ambulance to Mt. Hood Medical Center for an evaluation. Upon release from the hospital OSP troopers arrested HAMPSON for DUII, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and Hit & Run. HAMPSON was taken to the Clackamas County Jail and lodged on the charges.  He was later released on his own recognizance pending a September 23rd court appearance.