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Woman in mental health crisis drives car off of Astoria pier

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ASTORIA, Ore. – A woman suffering from a mental health crisis drove off of Pier 39 in Astoria on Thursday afternoon, emergency dispatchers said.

The woman made it to shore and was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for an evaluation, officials said.

People called 911 at about 1:15 p.m. to report that a woman drove her car off of the pier and into the Columbia River.

Some Good Samaritans sat with the 23-year-old Portland woman after she swam to shore.

She told emergency responders that no one else was inside the vehicle, however, U.S. Coast Guard swimmers and a dive team also checked the vehicle as a precaution.

Based on witness statements and a conversation with the driver, she intentionally drove into the water while suffering from an apparent mental health crisis.

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A Coast Guard contractor will be called out to remove the vehicle from the river.

The police reports will be sent to the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office to determine whether criminal charges will be filed.

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