Drunk driver crashes Tesla into pond in Canby

A drunk driver was injured after deputies say he crashed his vehicle into several trees and a pond Thursday afternoon.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy was flagged down by a man in the 2900 block of South Dryland Road at around 3:20 p.m.

The man said someone had crashed into the pond.

The deputy drove another 50 yards and saw a black car against a tree in the middle of a pond.

 An investigation revealed the vehicle, a black 2018 Tesla, had entered a slide, traveled into the oncoming lane and left the road.
It then knocked over trees and went airborne for about 20 feet before coming to a rest in the pond.

As the deputy approached the vehicle, he found the front end partially submerged and an ejected golf bag floating nearby.

The sheriff’s office said the driver, identified as 44-year-old Eric John Loechle, was slumped to the side, but breathing.

Fire personnel responded to the scene and extricated Loechle.

Loechle was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment of significant injuries, including multiple fractures.

 Speed and alcohol are being considered as factors in the crash.
Loechle blood alcohol content was later measured at .174 percent, the sheriff’s office said.

The case has been referred to the Clackamas County DA’s Office for consideration of criminal charges.

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