The officers found the errant driver, on the wrong side of the street, was on an intoxicant

DAVID F. ASHTON - Police officers patiently talked with the driver of this red Suburban, who for a time refused to get out of his vehicle, after smashing into the parked car. He was eventually charged with DUII, in this incident on S.E. Harold Street. Emergency first responders were called to what was dispatched as an "Injury Crash" in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood, on Harold Street, just east of S.E. 67th Avenue at 4:46 p.m., on Thursday, August 8.

Woodstock Fire Station 25's Ladder Truck Company arrived – but found no substantial injuries, and waved off an ambulance.

Arriving East Precinct officers beheld a red GMC Suburban, with Washington license plates, which appeared to have run head-on into a Scion which had been parked at the curb, on the north side of the street.

A Traffic Division officer was called to the scene to perform a sobriety evaluation -- but the driver of the Suburban refused to get out of the vehicle.

After considerable conversation with the reluctant driver, the Traffic Divison officer took what appeared to be a "compressed gas dust blaster" canister from the driver, and set it on the roof of the Suburban.

Then, for about nearly an hour, officers patiently talked with the male driver, while a female in the Suburban was engaged in conversation also. Finally the driver climbed out and met with officers.

"The driver was taken to the hospital; he also received a criminal citation for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants," PPB Public Information Officer Carlos Ibarra confirmed to THE BEE.

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