Police: Drunk driver crashes through SE Portland home

Police: Drunk driver crashes through SE Portland home

PORTLAND, Ore. – A drunk driver crashed his SUV through a home in Southeast Portland Friday night, police said.

Homeowner Greg Buckland told KATU that he was home during the crash, and the impact threw him against a wall. He said his injuries are minor and he may need surgery on his arm, but he's otherwise OK.

Buckland said one first responder was shocked he was alive.

"He couldn't believe I was alive, he came in and thought they were going to find a body. He was looking for a body." Buckland said.

"I feel very blessed and very fortunate tonight," he said. "It easily could have turned out something different. And he should feel fortunate too, because six inches, he'd be facing manslaughter."

It happened at around 11 p.m. at 6020 SE Flavel Drive.

Sgt. Pete Simpson said police arrested the driver, 28-year-old James Kelly Anderson, after he left the scene. He was driving 90 mph on Southeast 60th Avenue when he crashed into the home, Simpson said.

Buckland said he's not sure about the extent of the damage. His insurance company will take a look at his house on Monday. Work crews were at his house all day Saturday boarding things up.

Anderson faces charges of DUII, reckless driving, failure to perform duties of a driver and criminal mischief.

KATU's Lincoln Graves contributed to this story.

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