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Drunk driver crashes into downtown restaurant

The back wall of El Compadre Mexican Restaurant sustained major damage in the early Tuesday morning crash. (Maria Avelar)
Thursday, August 9, 2018

El Compadre Restaurant on Main Avenue sustained major damage early Tuesday when a suspected drunken driver in a stolen car lost control and drove into the back of the building.

The driver, Jonathan Cody Myers, 32, of Warrenton, was arrested and booked at Clatsop County Jail for driving under the influence of intoxicants, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, reckless driving and reckless endangerment of his passenger.

His blood-alcohol level was recorded at 0.21 percent, more than 2 ½ times the legal limit.

A 16-year-old male passenger was injured and taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital.

Myers, who lives near the restaurant, was headed west on Southwest First Street about 1:30 a.m. when he made a high-speed turn into the alley that runs behind the restaurant and lost control, striking the building.

When restaurant manager Isabelle Avelar arrived, she found a car-shaped hole in the cement brick wall at the back of the building. Family members and helpers put up a temporary wall and the restaurant was open for Tuesday dinner service.

Myers’ driver’s license previously had been suspended. Officers administered field sobriety tests and observed an odor of alcohol and slurred speech at the scene, according to a police report.


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