Driver of pickup found in tree comes forward

Driver of pickup found in tree comes forward

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Posted on April 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 5:10 PM

SHERWOOD, Ore. – The driver of a pickup that was found stuck in a tree near Sherwood Sunday morning later returned to the scene and was cited for hit-and-run, police said.

Crews found the pickup almost ten feet off the ground in the tree near Highway 99 and Middleton Road. Firefighters used thermal imaging to scan the truck and found it was empty.

The details of how the truck got into the tree were a mystery to investigators. They were first alerted to the crash at 7:30 a.m. and called area hospitals, but no trauma patients came in overnight.

Monday morning a Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman said 19-year-old Emily Vanvleck, of St. Paul, Oregon, admitted to deputies that she had been driving the truck when it left the roadway and landed in the tree.

She was cited for hit-and-run and malicious mischief. The truck was removed from the tree and towed away.

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