By NR Staff • 

Alcohol a factor in Highway 47 crash

They gave this account:

Gary Clark 62, of 2300 N.W. Country Lane, No. 51, Gaston, was northbound in a 1986 Nissan pickup when he approached another vehicle stopped to make a left turn onto Goodin Creek Road.

Clark braked hard, lost control, swerved onto the shoulder and over-corrected. His vehicle shot across the northbound lane and into the path of a southbound 2009 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Shelia White-Clark, 42, of 215 N.W. Ash St., McMinnville.

Clark was transported by Life Flight helicopter to the Oregon Health and Science University. He was listed in critical condition Monday.

White-Clark was taken by ground ambulance to OHSU with injuries not considered life threatening. She has been discharged.

Senior Trooper Bridget Taylor said OSP plans to charge Clark with one count each of third-degree assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants, driving without a license, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person. She said his blood alcohol content was .21, nearly three times the .08 marking the presumed level of intoxication in Oregon.

Seat belt information was not available for either driver.

OSP was assisted by the Yamhill and Washington County sheriff’s offices, Gaston Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation.

The highway was closed for a period of time.

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