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Intoxicated Driver Facing Charges After Interstate 5 Wrong Way Head-on Crash North of Springfield
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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During the first couple hours of "National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend", a Eugene man survived a Friday morning alcohol-involved wrong way driver head-on crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 between Springfield and Coburg. The offending driver is facing several charges related to the crash that is being investigated by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Springfield Area Command office.
On December 17, 2010 at approximately 1:55 a.m. OSP Trooper Hank Duren was responding to locate a reported vehicle driving southbound in the northbound lanes near milepost 202 north of Coburg. Duren was behind a commercial truck pulling three trailers in the left northbound lane when the truck and trailers braked hard. Smoke was seen coming from the rear trailer wheels when Duren heard a loud crash followed by more smoke and debris ahead in the road.
Duren stopped, first checked on the truck's driver and then went to the passenger vehicle that was along the right side of the trailers. The driver of the black Acura Integra was unresponsive so Duren radioed for medical and additional assistance. Duren returned to the Acura and provided initial medical care to its driver, JOSHUA O. BORLAUG, age 25, from Eugene, who was regaining consciousness.
Firefighters from Coburg, Eugene and Springfield responded to the crash and extricated BORLAUG from the car. He was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend with non-life threatening injuries.
The uninjured truck driver's name is not available for this release.
BORLAUG was cited to appear in Lane County Circuit Court on the following charges:
  • DUII
  • Reckless Driving
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person
  • Wrong Way on a One Way Highway
All northbound lanes were closed about 30 minutes and then open to one lane. All lanes were open about 2 hours after the crash.
Every year since 1991 on the weekend preceding Christmas, the International Association of Chiefs of Police have organized "National Holiday Lifesaver Weekend". This year's effort to heighten public awareness and increase the apprehension of drunk and drugged drivers started at 12:01 a.m. Friday, December 17, and goes through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 19. In remembrance of those who have been affected by an impaired driver, police and drivers are asked to turn on their headlights Friday for "National Lights on for Life" day.
OSP, OSSA, OACP and ODOT offer these simple but important safety tips:
  • If you are planning to drink, plan ahead: designate a sober driver or arrange for a taxi to pick you up at a set time.
  • If you are hosting a party, offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and help your guests be responsible. Don't let someone who has been drinking get behind the wheel.
  • Volunteer to be a designated driver.
  • Walking or bicycling after dark? Wear bright clothes to help you stand out, and always look both ways before crossing, even at an intersection.
  • Buckle up, every trip, every time.
  • Drive defensively at all times.
Report impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 or OSP at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865).