Vancouver man suspected of drunk driving crashes; children injured

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter



Matthew Evans

A Vancouver man suspected of drunk driving crashed near Banks, Ore., early Tuesday morning, and his three children were taken to the hospital with injuries.

Matthew D. Evans, 25, was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer on Highway 6 west of Banks, Ore., just after midnight Tuesday when he left the roadway, collided with a guardrail and rolled into a ditch, according to Oregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings.

Police said alcohol was involved.

The man’s two-year-old daughter was ejected from the vehicle and transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with injuries believed to not be life-threatening, police said.

Evans’ other two children, his 5-year-old daughter and 6-month-old son, sustained minor injuries and were transported by relatives to a hospital, Hastings said in a release.

Evans suffered minor injuries but refused medical attention. State police arrested Evans on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, three counts of recklessly endangering another person and three counts of fourth-degree assault. He was booked into the Washington County Jail