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Suspect reportedly exits his crashed vehicle, but doesn't put his car in park so it rolls backwards down Harrison Street into a nearby residence, damaging street signs, a fence and severing a NW Natural gas line

Milwaukie police say that a drunk driver crashed into a parked sedan around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday.

PHOTO COURTESY: MPD - This parked vehicle on Harrison Street was damaged by a suspect's SUV on Thursday evening.Police responded to the area of Southeast Harrison Street and 36th Avenue, on reports of a SUV crashing into a residence.

Department spokesman Greg Elkins said that 68-year-old William Lee Lawrence was driving his SUV on Harrison when he crashed. Lawrence then exited his vehicle, but did not put his car in park, Elkins said.

Lawrence's vehicle then rolled backwards down Harrison Street into a nearby residence, damaging street signs, a fence and severing a NW Natural gas line.

"Thankfully no tenants or witnesses were injured," Elkins said.

Clackamas County Fire and crew members from NW Natural helped shut the gas off and fixed the broken line.

Lawrence was transported to a nearby hospital with unknown minor injuries. He is being charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants.

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