Driver arrested after hitting tree, 1 passenger injured

The driver was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An intoxicated driver was arrested Saturday after crashing his car into a tree.

Investigators determined based on evidence at the scene that the driver, 25-year-old Thomas Keil, was speeding east on Ridgewood Drive when he lost control on a curve and hit a tree.

A rear passenger, 24-year-old Leo Burby suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. There were 2 other passengers who did not have serious injuries.

Portland Police said Keil was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol when the crash happened. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of assault, driving under the influence, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.

From Portland Police:
Drivers impaired by alcohol or drugs injure and kill thousands of people every year. People consuming alcohol or drugs are urged not to get behind the wheel and should have a sober driver or utilize taxis, rideshare companies, or transit so everyone is safe on our streets. 

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