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Springfield Police find suspect in DUI crash in strip club

The first officers on scene found two light posts and a fire hydrant in the street and a wrecked vehicle abandoned in the middle of Main Street. (SPD photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A drunken driver crashed into light posts and a fire hydrant, abandoned his totaled car and ordered more drinks at a strip club early Wednesday morning, Springfield Police say.

Officers responded to a crash at 6th Street and Main Street at 1:28 a.m.

Callers reported seeing the crash - and watching the driver flee west on Main Street, police said.

The first officers on scene found two light posts and a fire hydrant in the street and a wrecked vehicle abandoned in the middle of Main Street.

"We are a little annoyed that he knocked down the light poles," Lt. Scott McKee said. "We had been in the process in downtown Springfield of doing a beautification project down that street."

Officers searched the area and located the suspect hiding at the Brickhouse strip club on 4th Street, police said. He'd ordered more drinks, police said.

The suspect - identified as Noah Nelson Eiler, 29, of Springfield - suffered a possible broken nose and other injuries in the crash, police said.

Medics took Eiler to the hospital for an evaluation.

And officers acquired a search warrant for blood to determine Eiler's blood alcohol content.

Police booked Eiler into the Springfield Municipal Jail on charges of DUII, Reckless Driving and Hit and Run (Property).

Investigators determined Eiler's vehicle left the road and crashed through the light posts and hydrant on the sidewalk. The investigation and cleanup closed Main Street from 6th to 8th streets for 80 minutes.

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