SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A 19-year-old DUII driver used his cell phone to call for help after flipping his car into a ditch near Leaburg early Sunday morning, police said.
Just after 4 a.m., Oregon State Police got a call that a driver was trapped after crashing on Highway 126 East, said Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police.
The driver, later identified as Sterling Buxton of Springfield, had reportedly called his friend who then called police. Troopers and deputies scoured the area, narrowing the search area by talking on the phone with 911 operators who pinpointed the crash using the cell phone signal, Hastings said.
After almost two hours, McKenzie Fire & Rescue found Buxton in a 20-foot ravine off the highway at Greenwood Drive.
Rescuers pulled Buxton, who only had minor injuries, from his car. He was reportedly wearing a seat belt and his airbags deployed.
Buxton apparently didn t stop at a T-intersection, flew through a stop sign, and went off the road into the ditch, investigators determined. Alcohol, speed, and poor visibility due to fog were factors in the crash, Hastings said.
Buxton was cited for DUII, reckless driving, minor in possession of alcohol while driving, and failing to obey a stop sign.