PPB: ‘Huffing’ driver hit flagger in SE Portland

Driver may have been huffing nitrous oxide

Patrick Miller, 49, was arrested in relation to a crash on SE 68th and Division Wednesday. (PPB)
Patrick Miller, 49, was arrested in relation to a crash on SE 68th and Division Wednesday. (PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 47-year-old flagger at a construction site was seriously injured when she was struck by a car in Southeast Portland Wednesday afternoon.

Margot ‘Marshae’ Davis was standing on a sidewalk wearing an orange safety vest, hard hat and holding a “SLOW” sign for traffic when she was struck by a car said to be swerving and weaving on Division approaching SE 68th, officials said.

The car kept going, jumped a curb and went through a grassy area before stopping. The driver, 49-year-old Patrick Miller, was arrested after investigators found evidence he may have been huffing nitrous oxide or “whippets,” officials said.

He may have also been using controlled substances, authorities said.

Davis, who works for SSC Construction, was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. She was on a site doing work for a Portland Water Bureau project.

In a statement, PWB administrator David Shaff said, “The safety of our employees, partners and the public is the Portland Water Bureau’s No. 1 priority. We want to take this moment to remind the public to please be alert and obey all traffic control and instructions in work zones.”

Miller was booked in Multnomah County Jail on charges of third degree assault, reckless driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants. He will be arraigned on Thursday.

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