A 23-year-old Tacoma man has been cited for driving under the influence of intoxicants after a wreck early Saturday morning on Interstate 5 near Eugene, Ore., in which a toddler and a female passenger were thrown from the car.
Oregon State Police cited Alejandro Samaniego at Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, Ore., where he was taken after the crash, a police news release said.
He also was cited for reckless driving, four counts of recklessly endangering another person, failing to properly restrain a child passenger and not having an operator’s license, police said.
The single-car crash happened about 2:23 a.m. Witnesses said Samaniego, headed south on the highway in a 2000 Mercury Cougar, was driving at a high rate of speed when he lost control, according to police.
The car rolled several times, ending up on its top in the median, police said. The car’s four passengers, including a 3-year-old boy who wasn’t restrained in a safety seat, also were taken to the hospital, police said.
Updates on their conditions weren’t available. Police were still trying to confirm their names, the release said.