Drunk driver leaves wreckage in SE Portland neighborhood, police say

Drunk driver leaves wreckage in SE Portland neighborhood, police say »Play Video

PORTLAND, Ore.-- Five cars. One power pole. Even a house.

Those were all in the line of fire of a drunk driver in Southeast Portland early Thursday morning. The wreckage left by the suspect, identified as Jeffrey Curran, was no small sight.

It was certainly a surprise to resident Frank Mahoney, who woke to find a pickup tossed against his house.

“I heard a big crash,” he said. “I thought somebody threw something through the window.”

He opened his door and looked outside and found a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer in the front yard. The driver had run off.

Responding officers found the other damage. Four other parked vehicles near Southeast 100th and Harold streets had been hit. The bottom half of a utility pole was gone and the upper half was hanging from the wires.

The suspect was found a few blocks from the area. Curran was not badly hurt and booked in jail on suspicion of DUII, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.

Neighbors, like Mahoney, now want to make sure the suspect understand exactly what could have happened.

“Someone could’ve got killed,” he said.