David Wu totaled a parked car in 2010 and blamed it on his hectic travel schedule
The Willamette Week reported today that U.S. Rep. David Wu crashed his car into a Ford Focus parked on a residential street in Portland’s Forest Heights neighborhood last year.
One witness says the Democratic congressman smelled of alcohol. That witness and a second one say Wu appeared impaired. A recording of their 911 call reveals the congressman asked them not to call police, although the force of the crash damaged the Ford Focus so severely it had to be towed from the scene.
On February 19, 2010, Karen Fog was inside her Forest Heights home with her friend Barbara Tymer when, just after 9 pm, the two heard a loud crash. They went outside to find a car had plowed into the front of Tymer’s blue, 2007 Ford Focus, which was parked on the opposite side of the street from Fog’s house. They also found Wu standing at the scene, next to his rented 2009 Dodge Charger, which had apparently crossed from the right side of the street to the left to collide head-on with Tymer’s parked Ford.
Fog called police and requested officer assistance. “I’m assuming that there’s some kind of disability, if he was driving on the wrong side of the street,” Fog told the dispatcher from her home. “He says he fell asleep. I don’t believe him.”
Tymer says Wu told Portland police he had fallen asleep at the wheel. A police spokesman confirms this account. “There’s no indication that it was anything other than fatigue,” says Sgt. Peter Simpson, the spokesman. But Tymer says she thought Wu’s claim that he had fallen asleep was implausible. Based on the direction Wu was traveling, he probably would have had to make at least two tight turns just seconds before the crash. “How could you navigate up to that point and then supposedly fall asleep?” Tymer wondered aloud.
Tymer says Wu admitted to police he had consumed wine earlier that Friday evening but that he was tired from his hectic back-and-forth travel between Washington, D.C., and Oregon.
This is just another admission in a long line of problems for Rep Wu. His staff confronted him last month about his mental health. Even in the blue state of Oregon, several papers, including the Register-Guard and The Oregonian are calling for Wu’s resignation or strongly suggested he not run again.
Not holding my breath that Wu will resign or not even consider running again. He probably should since he creates a public danger because he can’t handle a hectic schedule.