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Driver turned himself in after injuring three passengers in accident linked to driving under the influence

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Zachary MezaA 20-year-old man was arraigned on a nine-count indictment following a serious crash in Gresham.

The indictment against Zachary Meza, filed Feb. 15, charges him with second-degree assault, third-degree assault, felony hit and run, a misdemeanor for driving while under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving and four counts of recklessly endangering another person.

The investigation began on Jan. 25 when the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office received information that a car had crashed in the area of Southeast 319th Street and Southeast Mally Road in the Pleasant Home area of Gresham. Upon arriving, law enforcement found paramedics treating an adult man who was suffering from significant head trauma, including a cracked skull. They also found two other injured people at the scene, according to court documents.

During the investigation, law enforcement learned Meza was the driver of a pickup and his three passengers were riding in the bed of the truck. According to court documents, all three passengers were ejected from the bed of the pickup when Meza took a turn and lost control of the car.

On Jan. 26, court documents show Meza contacted the Sheriff's Office and said he had consumed multiple beers the previous night and wanted to turn himself into law enforcement after fleeing the scene. Investigators determined speed was a factor in the crash, finding a gouge in the roadway from the rims of the pickup's wheels as it skidded off the road.

Meza will next appear in court on April 1.

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