PORTLAND – A drunk driver who crashed, leaving his truck perilously dangling over Highway 217 last fall, will serve nine months in prison and lose driving privileges for life.
Matthew Hamilton, 34, of Beaverton had a blood alcohol content of .5 percent, which is more than six times the legal limit, when he crashed through the guardrail on Nov. 24. He told police he had been drinking at a friend's house in Beaverton during the Oregon Civil War game.
Hamilton was trapped hanging over the highway for nearly an hour before rescuers saved him. Crews strapped Hamilton's truck to a fire engine to keep it from falling and used another fire engine with a basket to reach him. No one was seriously hurt.
On Jan. 17, Hamilton pleaded guilty to felony DUII and driving while suspended. A reckless driving charge was dismissed. Hamilton was also fined a total of $2,180 and ordered to pay court and attorney fees.
Court records showed several past DUII convictions on his record, and he was driving with a suspended license.