Suspected drunk driver crashes into motorcyclist

Jessica Peterson, 28, faces charges of second-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving. She is accused of crashing her vehicle into a motorcyclist Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in North Portland. (Multnomah County Jail)
Jessica Peterson, 28, faces charges of second-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving. She is accused of crashing her vehicle into a motorcyclist Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in North Portland. (Multnomah County Jail)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A suspected drunk driver is accused of crashing her car into a motorcyclist late Tuesday night in North Portland.

Jessica Peterson, 28, faces charges of second-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.

Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland police spokesman, said that at about 10:11 p.m. officers and firefighters responded to the 4600 block of Northeast Portland Highway on a 911 call of a motorcyclist versus car.

Portland Fire and Rescue crews were the first to arrive. They found the motorcyclist down, suffering from traumatic injuries, Simpson said. The victim, identified as 26-year-old Chase Dillon Ivey, was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he is in serious condition.

The driver of the vehicle, Peterson, remained at the crash scene and was taken into custody by officers with the Major Crash Team.

Simpson said preliminary information suggested she may have been drunk at the time of the crash.

According to Portland police, investigators believe Peterson was driving east on the highway when she crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed into Ivey, who was on a Suzuki motorcycle. Peterson also crashed into a Volkswagen Cabrio that was westbound. The driver of that vehicle was not injured.

The crash shut down Portland Highway in both directions.

Peterson is lodged in the Multnomah County Jail. She is expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

Brent Weisberg and Faris Tanyos contributed to this report.

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