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Man Crashes into Tree, Charged with DUI

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Oregon State Police is charging a Depoe Bay man with driving under the influence after he crashed his car into a tree on Highway 18, just west of Grand Ronde.

The 54-year-old man suffered minor injuries when his car veered off the eastbound shoulder of the road and crashed into a tree. The accident happened on Sunday at 3:18p.m.

Witnesses saw the driver of the car was driving erratically prior to the crash and tried to help. The driver asked for a ride to try and avoid the Police being called. When none of the witnesses agreed, the man walked off, said police.

When troopers arrived on the scene, the man could not be found. A little over an hour later, troopers found him hiding in a ditch under some bushes. His injuries were treated at North Lincoln Hospital and he was then transported to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

Police are charging him with felony driving while under the influence, reckless driving, two counts of reckless endangerment and driving while his license was suspended on top of having no auto insurance.