Car Crashes Into Restaurant and Later on the Morrison Bridge after Police Pursuit

Date: August 26, 2015

Location: SW Second Avenue & SE Water Avenue

Name: Jeff William Sorsdahl

Car Crashes Into Restaurant and Later on the Morrison Bridge after Police Pursuit

Wednesday evening a car crashed through the window of a downtown Portland restaurant, drove away, then crashed again and was arrested.

Jeff William Sorsdahl, 26, crashed his car into the window of E-San Thai restaurant on SW Second Avenue and Pine Street and then drove away.

A police officer, who was eating at the restaurant, chased down Sorsdahl onto the Morrison Bridge. Sorsdahl then crashed his car at the bottom of the Southeast Water Avenue ramp.

Sorsdahl was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injures. He was issued criminal citations for driving under the influence of intoxicants, four counts of failure to perform the duties of a driver, reckless driving, three counts of reckless endangerment and attempt to elude.

A patron in the restaurant had minor injuries from shattering glass.

We wish everyone involved in this crash a full and speedy recovery.

If you were hurt by a drunk driver, special time limits may apply for filing a claim.

Under ORS 471.565, you can sue the establishment that served the drunk driver alcohol (assuming there was one) by filing a Dram Shop Notice within 180 days. This is only for injury cases, as wrongful death cases have a separate time limit.

A Dram Shop Notice is a special letter that tells the establishment or person who served the alcohol that a claim for damages is being made against the establishment, a description of the time, place, and circumstances giving rise to the claim, and the name and mailing address for the person making the claim. If the drunk driving led not just to an injury, but death, then you have a year instead of 180 days. A Dram Shop Notice will hold a bar owner responsible for not training employees according to the OLCC’s guidelines regarding intoxicated drinkers.

If the drunk driver was not at a bar or other business that serves alcohol before the crash, there is still the possibility of filing a claim through auto insurance. In many cases, the drunk driver will also be punished in a criminal court. Although being found guilty for criminal charges can increase the likelihood of a civil personal injury case succeeding, you may still need the help of a drunk driving accident injury lawyer to deal with adjusters and use all the evidence correctly.

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About Sean DuBois

Sean is a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as Oregon Rising Stars for the past four years because of his dedication to justice and fair compensation for his clients. If you need to speak with a lawyer about your injury case, Sean can be reached at 503-222-4411.

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