SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — A man accused of lying to deputies about a crash that left one woman hurt and shut down a Salem road for four hours early Thursday morning is under arrest on drunken driving charges.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office reports that 30-year-old Matthew David Holman of Salem told deputies he was the passenger of a car that was found sitting upside down in the 9000 block of Liberty Road S just after 1:20 a.m.
Emergency responders arrived at the scene to find 30-old Stephanie Woods of Salem unconscious inside the crashed 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass with head, neck and back injuries. Woods was transported to Salem Hospital, where her condition is unknown.
According to the sheriff’s office, Holman initially stated that he and Woods were passengers in the car. He said they had been drinking at a bar on Liberty Road before they were driven home by an unknown man who was acting as a designated driver. That alleged man fled the scene following the crash, Holman said.
However, based on evidence at the scene, deputies determined that there was no third person in the car and Holman was lying. Holman then apparently changed his story again, stating that Woods was the driver. Holman finally admitted to deputies that he was driving, but lied because he had a suspended driver’s license from a prior drunken driving arrest , the sheriff’s office said.
CRASH team investigators determined that the car was traveling south on Liberty Road when it left the roadway, grazed a tree and came to rest back in the middle of the road. They also discovered that Holman had passed the turnoff to their home by about two miles when the crash occurred.
Liberty Road was closed for several hours between Lake Drive SE and Bunker Hill Road South.
Holman is lodged in the Marion County Jail on one count each of driving under the influence of intoxicants and fourth-degree assault. He will be arraigned Thursday afternoon.