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Adams smelled like beer at car crash scene, witness says

It's over. So long, Sam. Don't let the door hit you.

And the cops were pitiful. Where are the Mothers Against Drunk Drivers? Where is Nurse Amanda?

Comments (26)

"Didn't appear to be impared"
Ok, well as a seasoned beer drinker just a few years younger than Creepy I can say for certain that after 3 rounds I am still coherant, lucid and physically agile and don't appear to be impared either, but I know that I am at least at a .08 - What I am saying is an experienced drinker wouldn't wobble or slur words but could still be soused without showing it. Absolutely a sobriety test should have been administered.

Did anyone check with the tow driver? He was in an enclosed vehicle with Adams for the length of the ride home. He would be the one would best be able to tell, since our police dropped the ball...
Also, if you were a high profile politician already under a cloud of public scrutiny, wouldn't you at least volunteer to pee in a cup so that the speculation would end before it had a chance to begin?
For someone who was supposed to be such a brilliant young prodigy and strategist, all I see is one idiotic move after another...

One witness with no corroboration is an awfully flimsy excuse to blow up this incident. Cops are very good at detecting drunk drivers (yeah, I know from experience, many many years ago).

Piling on like this doesn't help the cause. It just makes you look like a Limbaugh clone. We can get Adams on the real stuff.

"Police Chief Rosie Sizer said officers need reasonable suspicion to request a field- sobriety test, and that could be based on witness or other statements about the driver involved or the motorist's driving..."

So running over cars and sending them into one another isn't enough?

Kee-rist.

Wasn't the initial spin that this was a parking lot accident? Sounds like it started on the public streets.

By the way, the "Sam thought the other driver was turning left so he was trying to pass him on the right" defense has the ring of total BS. Not to say definitively that it is, but we've heard Sam's work before and this has that BS feel to it.

How's this for a working translation: Sam T-boned the other car without slowing down, possibly because he was out of it.

Adams is really sorry for running into the cars. It has shaken him to his core, and he is working harder than ever to regain the trust of his fellow drivers.

Adams also said that the other drivers "ran into him", and that he did not approach the drivers or encourage them to hit him.

Other than that, he has no comment while the insurance companies investigate the accident claims.

Maybe the malfunction was due to a "banana in the tailpipe" shenanigan ? Put that in the final report. That will get him off.

So he wants to make driving in Portland so miserable for me that I have to take a freaking streetcar everywhere (in the name of the environment, of course), but he drives a full sized pick up truck?!

"Adams "smelled like beer""

Sam has been the target of a nasty smear by a would-be political opponent. This is not only a lie it is the worse kind of comment one can make against a gay person. Sam didn’t get into public life to allow his instinct to help others to be snuffed out by fear of sleazy misrepresentations or political manipulation or bad beer.

To think that people like Bob Ball would exhale beer around him and then position a Subaru in front of his truck just goes beyond the pale while he was on his way to a charette. Ask Randy. Ask Merritt. Ask Dan.

Thank god only 57 days and $5.491B worth of debt.

According to the article, the witness told police at the scene that Adams smelled like beer.

That seems pretty decisive, whether the police chose to follow up or not. The exclusivity of power has it's limitations. I mean, it's not like you could go duck hunting and shoot an old man in the face and still exempt yourself from the standard procedures that others must abide by. Careerist inferiors just aren't that deferential to the privileges of office.

Q: Were you drinking and driving?
A: I don't recall.

ecohuman slams it over the net. Steve blasts it back.

Way to work in the quotes.

So running over cars and sending them into one another isn't enough?

Apparently not when its the mayor.

I honestly dont see how this will affect him in the least. Hell, regular folk get hand slaps for DUII in this state, even multiple offenses. I hear the record is 13.

The "still driving" and "peeling out" to the other side of the parking lot sound like attempting to leave the scene, in my book. This was AFTER his truck came to a halt ON TOP of one of the other vehicles, if I track all this correctly. Demolition derby!

The media reporting on this should all get spanked. Talk about tap dancing around the central facts of a matter. Just like it turns out he was out of town when he says the City Hall restroom mentoring happened but none of the media will state that fact in plain English.

Bill, you need to script a competition reality show for Adams and Blago. This is choice Saturday Night Live material.

The first thing the PPB officer should have done when he arrived and found out the incident involved the mayor is to call for an OSP Trooper or MCSO Deputy. The Portland Police should NOT investigate or even determine whether an investigation is needed, because the mayor is in charge of the Portland Police.

There was an incident in Lake Oswego a few years ago that was in the papers involving a off duty LO Police Sgt involved in a domestic dispute and possible DUI. The LOPD pulled the Sgt over in LO, and called for OSP and West Linn to come to the scene to take any needed action...that is the same type of action PPB should have taken with Scam.

I assume Chief Rosie Sizer has the authority to do something.

Here's a possible reconstruction of the scene:

Reed, an employee of the Tigard Car Toys store, said the impact pushed his vehicle over a curb, through shrubs, into another vehicle and 50 to 70 feet through the Car Toys parking lot. Reed estimated that Adams was truck was going 25 to 30 mph when it struck his car.

Car Toys employee Randy Schweitz, 22, said he was helping a customer outside when he heard a "huge crash." He said he saw the pickup strike the side of the Subaru and push it over hedges and into a parked Honda. "And then the Honda and the Subaru kind of parted, and the mayor's pickup was powering through both of them. He was still on the gas pedal," Schweitz said. "After he broke free of the collision, he kept driving. He kept peeling out, and finally came to a stop about 100 feet away, near the Plaid Pantry lot."

Witness Alex Vaynberg, who also works at the Car Toys store, agreed with the distance. "The pickup kept pushing the cars to the other side of the lot," Vaynberg said.

Best line in all of this imbroglio:

"He'll keep Portland moving forward - through any Subaru, curb, or Honda in the way! Watch out, Plaid Pantry - you're next!"

Drunk or not, this episode speaks volumes about the Mayor's commitment to a course of action. Even after crashing into other cars, he was undeterred. Peeling out, pedal-to-the-metal, he overcame all obstacles and resistance bulldozing his way through the parking lot.

Our Mayor is no quitter!

Most folks would have begun second-guessing themselves as the as the violence and tumult unfolded, but not Sam.

He has the moxie of a champion. This is just another example of why the Leonard's, Paulson's, Van Sant's and Breedlove's look at Sam and cheer:

"Once more into the breech!"

Sounds like he and Wheeler co-operated to fix the recall election in order to return to city business as quickly as possible.

It's called "falling on your sword"

It's just amazing. Guy causes a three car collision on North Hayden Island Drive, witness tells police he smells of beer and he just goes on home, saying, "This is a personal matter."

It's just amazing.

The mayor said he thought the driver in front of him was turning left. I don't see any place to turn left into across from the entrance to the Car Toys parking lot.

And wouldn't a person turning let move into the center lane first, so that anybody passing on the right could just stay in their lane?

I agree, He couldn't have been avoiding a car turning left because that car would have been in the center lane. He must have been swerving to avoid a group of undocumented workers in the crosswalk celbrating Cinco de Mayo. Thank god he didn't "rear end" anybody.

He was supposedly tending bar at the Red Dress Party on Saturday night - I'm sure he smelled of beer only because he spilled it, stepped in it, etc. over the course of the evening.

According to the police report, the mayor thought the vehicle in front of him was pulling into the turning lane in order to turn left at the next intersection. There's no mention in the report of the mayor's alleged statement that he stepped on the accelerator by mistake.


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