Police: Troopers find DUII driver with phone call after crash

Police: Troopers find DUII driver with phone call after crash
Photo from Oregon State Police.

LEABURG, Ore. -- Police say a man’s cell phone helped emergency crews pinpoint where he crashed his car off of Highway 126E early Sunday morning and landed in a nearly 15-foot deep ditch.

The 19-year-old driver, who was later cited for DUII and reckless driving, received minor injuries in the crash.

Police dispatchers received a call at around 4:10 a.m. from someone reporting a crash off of Highway 126E. The caller said they were friends with the driver, Sterling Buxton, 19 of Springfield.

State troopers started searching along the highway, but couldn’t find where Buxton’s car left the road. 

A trooper eventually reached Buxton on his cell phone and told him to listen for approaching sirens, officials said. Through Buxton’s responses fire personnel located the rolled car at 5:26 a.m. near the Greenwood Drive intersection.

Officials said Buxton was trapped for about two hours before emergency crews could extricate him from the overturned car. He was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Crash investigators learned that Buxton was driving east on greenwood Drive when he missed the T-intersection with Hwy 126E, went off the roadway and crashed nose-first into a nearly 15-foot deep ditch, coming to a rest on its top. Police said they think excessive speed, alcohol and poor visibility from fog contributed to the crash.

Buxton was cited for reckless driving, DUII, minor in possession of alcohol and failure to stop at a stop sign.