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2014-06-24 07:50

CLASSIC CAR WRECKED: The wrecked 1930 Ford Model A is recovered from the Crooked River, Oregon after being stolen and crashed by Erik Halpin (inset). Image: AFP

LOS ANGELES, California - A 34-year-old homeless man was arrested after allegedly crashing a stolen 1930 Ford Model 'A' coupe into a river in Oregon, reports police.

Erik Blake Halpin was charged driving under the influence. He was driving the remodeled classic car on June 22 2014, when he veered off into the Crooked River in Oregon. Police added that Halpin had apparently swum to shore after crashing the car.

Oregon State Police in a statement: "The suspect was arrested after being treated for injuries at a hospital." 

'ROLLING IT INTO THE RIVER'

The car, the Model 'A', was the successor to the venerable Model T Ford and belonged to a 79-year-old driver who had taken it to church to show it off.

Oregon State Police said: "Subsequent investigation confirmed the vehicle was reported stolen earlier that day. Witnesses also confirmed (Halpin) was seen driving the vehicle prior to traveling off the roadway and rolling it into the river."

Halpin was taken to hospital and arrested upon release and booked into the Crook County Jail. A tow company recovered the vehicle.

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