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The single-vehicle crash was one of three intoxicant-related crashes in Clackamas County on Jan. 1

COURTESY PHOTO: CCSO - Mekenna Nelson, of Molalla, was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants after she hit a power pole and drove her Ford Fusion over an embankment on Jan. 1.A Molalla woman was one of three arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants after crashes in Clackamas County on New Year's Day.

On Jan. 1 at approximately 8:20 a.m., emergency personnel responded to the report of a single-vehicle crash at the 29500 block of SE Beavercreek Road in Mulino, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

When Molalla Fire personnel arrived, they saw the roadway was blocked by powerlines and vehicle was off the embankment.

Upon arrival, deputies began investigating and determined that Mekenna Keliihoomalu Nelson, 22, of Molalla, had been driving the vehicle and was the sole occupant.

Through the investigation, police discovered Nelson had been driving a Ford Fusion southbound before swerving off the road on a straight stretch. When she left the roadway, she struck and knocked over a Portland General Electric utility pole before driving off the embankment.

Nelson was not injured, but had complaints of pain, police said.

At the scene, police decided Nelson was impaired and unable to operate a vehicle safely. They suspected she was under the influence of drugs, not alcohol.

Police arrested her and transported her to Clackamas County Jail, where a drug recognition evaluator determined Nelson was under the influence of marijuana and a central nervous system depressant.

Police issued Nelson a citation in lieu of keeping her in custody, and she was taken to an area hospital for evaluation because of her complaint of pain.

PGE personnel responded to repair the pole and power lines to restore power to those affected in the area.

Two others were also arrested after intoxicant-related crashes in Clackamas County on Jan. 1.

The first crash occurred at 6:45 a.m. when Pablo Favian Rodriguez, 26, of Portland, drove a silver BMW into a building on Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard, per the Sheriff's Office. He left the scene, but police found him and arrested him nearby. He provided a breath sample of .12 blood alcohol content, with the legal limit being .08. He was charged with reckless driving, reckless endangering, failing to perform the duties of a driver (hit and run), criminal mischief and DUII.

COURTESY PHOTO: CCSO - Chelsea Ryann Amos, of Sandy, drove a Hyundai Elantra into an apartment building on Jan. 1.

Nelson's crash was the second at 8:20 a.m.

The third crash occurred at 10:45 a.m. at Southeast 72nd Avenue and Southeast Clatsop St. in Portland. According to police, Chelsea Ryann Amos, 44, of Sandy, drove through the intersection and off the road. She drove through a fence and bushes before crashing into an apartment building. She was placed under arrest for DUII, but since she appeared injured, she was transported to an area hospital. The extent of any other charges against her has not yet been determined.

Kristen Wohlers
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