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Son of ex-Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber admits to having a beer before Hwy 101 crash

Logan Kitzhaber was critically injured in crash on Highway 101 (Oregon State Police photo)

The 18-year-old son of former Governor John Kitzhaber admitted drinking a beer before crashing his car on Highway 101, according to court records.

In the affidavit filed Tuesday, Logan Kitzhaber told paramedics that he had a beer before leaving for the trip to Lincoln City. He also admitted to a state trooper he was a recreational marijuana user and that he smoked pot the previous night, the court document said.

Kitzhaber has not been formally charged, but faces several charges including assault, reckless driving and driving under the influence.

He told troopers he didn't know the reason for the crash.

State police officials said Kitzhaber was driving a Toyota Prius when around 1:30 p.m. he crossed the center line of the highway and sideswiped a motorhome, causing the RV to roll onto its side.

The RV's driver, 67-year-old Stanley Lyckman of Port Angeles, Washington, was taken to a coastal hospital with life-threatening injuries. His 63-year-old passenger suffered a minor injury.

Kitzhaber was treated at a hospital for his injuries and released.

Investigators obtained a warrant for Kitzhaber's blood and urine samples for forensic examinations relating to the DUII charges.

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