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Police: DUII suspect drives wrong way on I-5, crashes into SUV

Police: DUII suspect drives wrong way on I-5, crashes into SUV

TUALATIN, Ore. – Police cited a Portland man who they said was drunk when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 5 and crashed into an SUV on an off-ramp near Tualatin Saturday night.

State police said someone reported a driver going south in the northbound lanes of I-5 at around 7:20 p.m. Police received a report a short time later that a two cars crashed into each other on the southbound Interstate 205 off-ramp that leads onto the northbound lanes of I-5.

Derek S. Thiem, 35, was driving the wrong way when he crashed his car into an SUV with a family of five inside, police said.

Thiem was taken to OHSU in Portland. His injuries were not life-threatening. Police said he was wearing a seat belt during the crash and the airbags deployed.

No one who was inside the SUV was taken to the hospital.

Thiem was cited for DUII, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, assault (4th degree), criminal mischief and possession of an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

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