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Was Portland Mayor Sam Adams Drinking Before Car Accident?


A “minor” three-car (but no injuries) accident on Sunday that embroiled Portland Mayor Sam Adams has some asking whether alcohol was involved. Adams, who’s been fingered for allegedly lying about the extent of his relationship with a then-underage Beau Breedlove, says there was no alcohol involved.

a href=”http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2009/05/witnesses_describe_crash_invol.html”>Oregonian: “Adams was driving his GMC pickup about 6:15 p.m. at 1457 North Hayden Island Drive, near the parking lot of Car Toys at Jantzen Beach. Ryan Reed said he was turning his 2002 WRX Subaru wagon right from North Hayden Island Drive into the Car Toys parking lot when Adams’ pickup, which was behind his car, ‘T-boned’ his vehicle, striking the passenger side. Reed, an employee of the Tigard Car Toys store, said the impact pushed his vehicle over a curb, through shrubs, into another vehicle and 50 to 70 feet through the Car Toys parking lot. Reed estimated that Adams was truck was going 25 to 30 mph when it struck his car. … According to the mayor’s office, Adams thought the Subaru was turning left and tried to pass it on the right when it turned right and they crashed.”

And also?

“After the accident, Reed said that Adams asked whether he was OK. Reed said he had some back and neck pain and went to the emergency room just to make sure he was all right. [Car Toys employee Randy] Schweitz, who had run to check on the victims, told police at the scene and The Oregonian on Monday, that he was two to three feet from Adams and smelled alcohol on the mayor’s breath. ‘It seemed like beer,’ Schweitz said. Adams, through his spokesman, said ‘there’s no truth to that allegation.’ Police said they saw no indication that Adams was impaired and said they had no reason to ask the mayor to submit to a field-sobriety test. Reed also said he didn’t notice anything unusual about Adams.”

On:           May 5, 2009
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    • Jonathan

      I wouldn’t mind a Sam Adams or two with Sam Adams…. But I don’t think he needs a second intergenerational romance scandal, ha.

      May 5, 2009 at 1:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Virilene

      “Adams, who’s been fingered for allegedly lying about the extent of his relationship with a then-underage Beau Breedlove…”

      Not fingered, more like fisted.

      May 5, 2009 at 2:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason

      Seriously, will Sam Adams resign already? He’s a train wreck.

      May 5, 2009 at 2:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • iloverain(an oregonian)

      this story needs updating. in pdx new sites they quote the cop from the scene who said that it is clear that alcohol was NOT involved. He made a mistake and rammed a guy….history repeats so quickly some times..

      May 5, 2009 at 7:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • HYHYBT

      I may have read this wrong, but it sounds like the accident was caused by some idiot turning right from the left lane, and that that idiot wasn’t Sam Adams.

      May 6, 2009 at 1:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman

      I have been a same near accident situation and can tell you it’s pretty hard to avoid this one….

      May 6, 2009 at 12:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LarryPDX

      @iloverain(an oregonian):

      Here’s a clip from the news article clearly stating alcohol was not involved in the car accident:
      The report by North Precinct Sgt. Ron Berry says one witness reported smelling alcohol on Adams’ breath at the scene. But Berry didn’t think it panned out, according to the report.

      “(Adams) made no attempt to eat or drink anything, he did not try to avoid anyone and was out in the open and around other people the entire time,” Berry writes. “I was never told or aware of any other witness who states that they smelled alcohol on Adams, and I observed Adams speak to several people.”


      May 6, 2009 at 12:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jim bob

      Another rear ender? Can’t wait for the re-call of this one!

      May 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gracie99

      The unzipped zipper AND unbuttoned fly plus his odd difficulty finding the brake pedal…well, that seems more interesting and possibly accountable than perhaps a whiff of beer on his breath.

      [Did a lot of people flock to the site, probably all gawking at Adams, wondering drunk or sober? Did a car belonging to friends arrive and park conveniently near his pick-up while everyone’s eyes were on Adams sweeping up glass and schmoozing about? Did anybody think to look inside Adams’ pick-up right after the crash? The officer sent to investigate didn’t get out of his car — wouldn’t he usually take a peek inside the vehicle of the person at fault?)

      May 8, 2009 at 12:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mick Russom

      The world is shocked yet another gay politician is a sexual predator. Harvey Milk statutory raped underage boys. Barney Frank did it too. And Barney Frank gay-sexed a Fannie executive Herb Moses while Frank orchestrated the disastrous lending standards leading to the housing collapse. And now sex pig statutory rapist Sam Adams (the real Samuel Adams would be SICKENED by this man) is shaking up the police department finding more rape friendly law enforcement? That could be it. Remind yourselves that the NAZIs were extreme LEFT wing, national socialist German workers party, and most of the the NAZI leaders were homosexuals, from Ernst Rohm right down to Hitler. America, land of the sex pig and prison to the formerly free.

      Jul 11, 2010 at 11:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gracie99

      Mick, please, your embarrassingly tea-partyish references to Nazi’s hurts rather than helps the cause of ridding Portland of a conscienceless, overspending, dishonest and wildly self-serving politician who just happens to be gay.

      Whatever Milk or Frank MAY have done and the sexual orientation Nazi party members is irrelevant.

      Are you deliberately trying to embarrass people who are critical of Adams for behavior that have nothing to do with his sexual orientation?

      Jul 24, 2010 at 12:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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