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Oregon driver loses control of vehicle, drives into canal

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - An Oregon man lost control of his vehicle on July 6 just before 7 p.m. south of Maxwell on South Cottonwood Canyon Road .

43-year old Tucker Mortensen of Tualatin, Oregon was arrested arrested for Driving Under the Influence First Offense after failing a field sobriety test. The test was confirmed further with a breath sample above the legal limit at the Lincoln County Detention Center.

Mortensen was issued a citation for Driving Under the Influence and released to an adult, as possible injuries from the accident kept him from being able to be incarcerated.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department found a mini van in the Central Nebraska Power District canal. The report indicated the north bound mini-van lost control. Mortensen made it out of the vehicle and was on shore.

The Lincoln County Dive Team was called to help with the removal of the vehicle.

Mortensen said he lost control on a curve and slid into the canal, evidence at the scene matched his statement.