LA PINE, OR -- A Klamath Falls man faces drunk driving charges after a crash near La Pine, Wednesday evening. Deschutes County Deputies and La Pine Fire responded to State Rec Road just after 5 p.m. after a report that an SUV had crashed into a bridge and was in the river, on fire.
Arriving Deputies found the GMC Acadia engulfed in flames, along with surrounding plants. The road was blocked by the damaged guardrail and debris. State Rec Road was closed for more than 90 minutes to allow firefighters to put out the blaze and for the law enforcement investigation.
DCSO says 37-year-old Michael Meeker was westbound when he left the road and struck the guardrail and bridge. The car spun 180-degrees, landing in the dry portion of the river under the bridge. The crash caused severe damage to the guardrail and pedestrian portion of the bridge, as well as conduit and wiring belonging to Midstate Electric. The vehicle was a total loss, although the bridge was later deemed safe.
Meeker is charged with DUI-alcohol, Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief I.