A husband and wife were uninjured when their vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a natural gas feeder line off of Highway 30 near Columbia City on Thursday night. An investigation by the Oregon State Police (OSP) led to the driver being cited for Reckless Driving and the passenger being arrested for Recklessly Endangering another Person.
According to Senior Trooper Jeromy Hasencamp, on March 21, 2013 at approximately 6:11 PM, a 2011 Toyota Corolla driven by SEBASTIAN DUDEK, age 40, from Rainer, was westbound on Highway 30 near milepost 32 when it left the road and crashed into a natural gas feeder line belonging to Northwest Natural Gas.
Troopers learned during the investigation that SEBASTIAN DUDEK and his wife, the right front passenger, ASHLEY DUDEK, age 29, from Rainer, were involved in a verbal argument for several minuets prior to the crash. During the argument troopers learned the ASHLEY DUDEK, grabbed the steering wheel causing SEBASTIAN DUDEK, to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle quickly left the roadway where it crashed into the natural gas feeder line causing a natural gas leak that closed the highway for about three hours.
Residents in a nearby neighborhood were without natural gas until Northwest Natural Gas crews repaired the damage. Initial estimates of the damage to the natural gas feeder line are at least $20,000. Northwest Natural Gas crewswere in the area throughout the night repairing the feeder line.
Neither SEBASTIAN DUDEK or ASHLEY DUDEK were injured in the crash and both were wearing safety restraints.
SEBASTIAN DUDEK was cited to appear in Columbia County Circuit Court for Reckless Driving.
ASHLEY DUDEK was arrested and lodged at the Columbia County Jail for one count of Recklessly Endangering another Person.
OSP troopers from the Saint Helens Work Site and Astoria Area Command responded to the crash and were assisted at the scene by Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia River Fire Department, and ODOT.