Oregon State Police

Police Log (Feb. 7)

This log includes incidents in which there might have been a public disturbance or a risk to the public. Information comes from the Corvallis Police Department and the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. It does not include all calls for service. The status of incidents might change after further investigation. Locations are approximate. People arrested or suspected in crimes are considered innocent until proven otherwise.

Driver Asleep at Wheel Crashes Overnight

Police-LightsASHLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police and Ashland Fire and Rescue responded to a rollover crash overnight.

It happened around 11:30 Saturday night on the northbound I-5 freeway near milepost 7. Ashland Fire said an elderly man in his 80’s fell asleep at the wheel. The passenger side of the vehicle is completely crushed, but no one else was in the vehicle. The driver was able to call 911 himself. He was taken to the hospital for back pain and minor injuries.

Robbery Suspect Killed in Shooting

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an officer-involved shooting that killed a robbery suspect.

Oregon State Police says troopers and Klamath County Sheriff’s officers were pursuing 37-year-old Lenny Miles, 37, who was fleeing with cash from a grocery store in Klamath Falls.

Officials say gunfire was exchanged and Miles was later pronounced dead. No officers were injured from the gunfire.

OSP says Miles had warrants out for his arrest involving four separate cases in Klamath County.

Three Cars Crash On Beltline On Ramp

Still1102_00004EUGENE, Ore. –Oregon State Police are investigating a three-car crash that happened just after 4:00 Sunday afternoon.

The Eugene-Springfield Police Department responded to the crash on the on-ramp to Beltline from Barger.

Crews said one person was transported to the hospital with non- life-threatening injuries.

Still no word on what caused the crash.

OSP Investigates Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Police-LightsSILVERTON, Ore. — Oregon State Police continues its investigation into a fatal motorcycle crash Monday.

OSP says around 2:25 p.m., Patrick C. Hope, 67, of Vancouver, Wash., was driving his Harley Davidson Motorcycle on Highway 214 when he drove off the road. Hope struck a tree and was ejected from the motorcycle.

Hope was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers say he was wearing a protective helmet.

OSP Seeks Help After Fatal Hit & Run

fatal hit & runCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – A man was found dead in the middle of the road Saturday night after an apparent hit and run, East of Cottage Grove. Oregon State Police is reaching out to the public, hoping someone can help them figure out who was driving when the pedestrian was hit.

Police say someone found the man’s body on the 35000 block of Shoreview Drive, near Dorena Lake. The report came in at about 10:40 p.m. Saturday.

When they arrived on scene, police determined the 39-year-old man had been hit by an unknown vehicle. Police say the driver fled the scene, leaving the victim in the middle of the road.

OSP says there are no current leads, and they’re not even sure what type of car hit the man. If you have any information that might help detectives, you’re asked to call Oregon State Police.

Support for Law Enforcement Spouses

Sisters in LawEUGENE, Ore. — There’s a new nonprofit in our area for spouses of those in law enforcement.

Being married to someone in law enforcement can be hard, so a couple of ladies recently created the group Sisters in Law.

They meet once a month to offer support, and they bring in speakers to talk about a number of topics, most recently marriage.

The group is also about having fun and fundraising.

“Everyone is going through the same thing you are, and they have the same feelings and thoughts, and you can talk to them about it,” said Samie Core, wife of an Oregon State Police trooper.

“Help us learn how to cope with what our husbands are dealing with is really important, really helpful, and probably crucial to a lot of relationships,” said Haley Martin, wife of an Oregon State Police trooper.

Their first fundraiser, Shop with a Cop, is Thursday, Aug. 21. They plan on taking some of the kids shopping from the families of the recent mill fire in Springfield.

If you want to help, email [email protected]

Eugene Police Say – No July 4th DUII Checkpoints

To combat the deadly problem of impaired driving, the Eugene Police Department, along with Oregon State Police and Springfield Police Department will be out in force on July 4, conducting a DUII enforcement.

Every day of the year, police officers seek out impaired drivers in an effort to prevent crashes and the needless fatalities, injuries, and property damage that result. One of the tools available to police officers conducting any criminal investigation is the search warrant. In the case of impaired driving, search warrants are entirely separate from the Implied Consent process which sanctions drivers for refusing to provide a non-intrusive breath sample following a lawful arrest for DUII. The “No Refusal” process is just a slight modification to existing (and already used) protocol.

In order for blood to even become part of the investigation, a driver will have already:

1) been stopped for a traffic infraction or involved in crash
2) shown signs of impairment
3) further demonstrated impairment via Field Sobriety Tests and then
4) been lawfully arrested and provided an opportunity to provide a breath sample after hearing the Implied Consent Rights and Consequences.

Then, and only then, if the driver refuses a breath test, does the search warrant process begin. It requires the officer to articulate probable cause which would be reviewed by a prosecutor and a judge. A blood draw would only be conducted if authorized by a judge who has reviewed the particular circumstances of that particular case. The draw would be conducted by trained medical personnel, not a police officer.

To clarify some common misconceptions:

1)      There will not be any checkpoints involved. Checkpoints are not legal in Oregon, and their effectiveness in combating impaired driving is limited. There will instead be extra officers out looking for signs of impaired driving, and stops will be made on a basis of probable cause.
2)      Drivers stopped during the operation will only be asked to submit to a breath test if they are arrested for DUII. To be clear, there will be no demands for roadside breath tests from any driver, much less from every driver.
3)      Search warrants are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by both the on-site prosecutor and the judge.
4)      EPD’s efforts to inform the public about this event are meant to educate drivers about the dangers of impaired driving, and that law enforcement takes seriously their responsibility to protect the lives and property of travelers on our roadways. Our ultimate goal is to deter all instances of impaired driving first, and to successfully prosecute those who elect to make the dangerous decision to drive under the influence second. Simply put, our goal is to reduce crashes, not increase arrests.

The enforcement is similar to other saturation patrols like Cinco de Mayo, but this is the first time that EPD has conducted a “No Refusal,” enforcement.

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