Man rescued from dangling truck appears in court

Man rescued from dangling truck appears in court
Matthew Hamilton appears in court Monday on a probation violation.

HILLSBORO, Ore. – The man who crashed his truck through a guardrail and had to be rescued from his dangling pickup over the weekend appeared in court Monday.

Matthew Hamilton still had a large shiner over his right eye when he appeared in the Washington County Courthouse. He was just there on a probation violation.

Police say Hamilton's blood alcohol level was .50 percent. Experts say someone would have to drink close to 20 alcoholic drinks in one hour to reach that level.

Hamilton's truck was dangling off the overpass at Highway 217 and Denny Saturday afternoon with him trapped inside.

KATU News was told Hamilton was drinking at a friend's house and watching the Civil War game before he got in his truck.

Police say Hamilton's license was suspended from a previous drunken-driving charge.