Driver faces DUII charge after deadly SE Portland crash

Driver faces DUII charge after deadly SE Portland crash

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Police arrested a man who they said was driving under the influence when he crashed his car into a power pole, killing a passenger, in Southeast Portland early Wednesday morning.

Police responded to reports of a crash near SE 42nd and Division Street just before 1:30 a.m.

Officers found a car had left the roadway and struck a power pole, shearing it off. A passenger in the car, described as a 37-year-old man, died at the scene, police said.

The deceased was identified Thursday as 37-year-old Lion Gabriel Langan.

 

Police arrested the 49-year-old driver of the car, John Edward Martin of Southeast Portland, after he was released from the hospital.

Martin faces manslaughter, reckless driving and DUII charges.

Weather does not appear to be a factor, police said.

PGE crews worked to replace the power pole while the road was closed.