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Driver arrested, passenger critcally injured in Saturday crash

MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Thomas Richard KeilThe driver of a car that hit a tree in Northeast Portland and critically injured a passenger early Saturday has been arrested for DUII.

The passenger, Leo James Burby, 24, was transported to a Portland hospital for treatment.

The driver, Thomas Richard Keil, 25, is charged on charges of Assault in the Second Degree, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, and three counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

Two other passengers in the car were not injured.

According to police, at 3:41 a.m. on Sept. 24, North Precinct officers responded to the report that a driver crashed into a tree at Northeast Ridgewood Drive and Regents Drive.

Officers arrived and located Keil outside the car showing signs of intoxication. Medical personnel arrived and began treating the right rear passenger, Burby, who was then hospitalized.

The Traffic Division's Major Crash Team responded to conduct an investigation.

Based on evidence at the scene, officers believe that Keil was driving eastbound on Ridgewood Drive at a high rate of speed on an eastbound curve onto Regents Drive when he lost control and hit a tree. Officers learned that Keil consumed marijuana and alcohol prior to driving and crashing into the tree.

Keil was treated for minor injuries at a Portland hospital then was booked into the Multnomah County Jail.