Man cited in Highway 34 accident

2012-12-13T23:15:00Z 2012-12-14T00:21:26Z Man cited in Highway 34 accidentCorvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
December 13, 2012 11:15 pm  • 

A Corvallis man has been cited for drunken driving after he failed to negotiate a curve and drove off Highway 34 west of Alsea on Wednesday.

Paul M. Harden, 28, was driving east about 2:45 p.m. in a 1991 Mazda 626 sedan when the vehicle went off the road near milepost 28. The Mazda slid down along the muddy embankment along the passenger side, and ended up about 60 feet below the roadway, according to the Oregon State Police.

Harden and his passenger, Joshua K. Roath, 35, also of Corvallis, had to be extracted from the vehicle by firefighters for transport to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.

According to an initial field report filed by Oregon state troopers, Harden suffered serious injuries; Roath’s injuries were minor.

Harden was cited for driving under the influence of intoxicants. According to the investigating trooper’s report, his blood alcohol level was measured at 0.082 percent. Additional charges might be pending.

State troopers were assisted at the scene by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the Corvallis Fire Department and the Alsea Fire Department.

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  1. peppertree
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    peppertree - December 14, 2012 10:55 am
    It's only by dumb luck that he didn't kill himself or anyone else. Drunk driving needlessly endangers the lives of everyone on the road. Hopefully he'll face severe penalties for his selfish and heedless behavior.
  2. johnb
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    johnb - December 14, 2012 8:43 am
    I was there when they were pulling them out, It's sad that they went off the road, but then again
    I was headed west on 34 and would have met them in the curves or there about, I and others on the road at the time feel lucky having not met them at all....
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