DUII suspect's car rolls downhill into Milwaukie backyard

Car rolls down hill, almost hits Milwaukie homes

MILWAUKIE, Ore. -- An allegedly drunk man hit a car, tried to park his own car, stepping out of it while in gear and creating mayhem, according to Milwaukie police.

The DUII suspect hit the car around Southeast Harrison Street and 36th Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, police said.

He got out of the car, but left it in gear. It rolled backward down Harrison, hitting street signs, damaging a fence and severing a gas line before coming to rest in the Scott Padgett's backyard.

"It's pretty amazing actually" he said. ""It happened to just miss everything that it needed to miss to get in there."

Photos: Car rolls into Milwaukie backyard, severs gas line

No residents of any of the homes along the stretch were injured. Northwest Natural responded to repair the gas leak together with crews from Clackamas County Fire.

Kinsleigh and her brother Caleb Edmunds heard the noise. The car hit their fence. “There could be serious loss of life, had not everything worked out perfectly,” said Caleb. "This could have been a lot worse, had it been a couple feet either direction."

William L. Lawrence, 68, was treated for minor injuries at a hospital. Police said he will be charged with DUII.

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