Driver attacks road construction crew member
A man was arrested following an incident at a road construction site near the Prineville Reservoir.
At 8:46 Wednesday morning, Crook County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a man potentially driving under the influence of intoxicants while driving through a construction zone on Reservoir Road near Southeast Cascade Way. While deputies were en route, it was reported that the driver had assaulted the construction crew, stated Sergeant Ryan Seaney.
Deputies arrived to find Christopher Imbach, 25, of Bend, on the ground surrounded by a Crook County Road Department construction crew.
A subsequent investigation determined that Imbach had been stopped in the construction zone by the construction crew after blowing past a flagger who was stopping traffic. Reservoir Road was down to one lane of travel, with flaggers controlling traffic at both ends of the construction zone. At that time, there were multiple dump trucks and large pieces of construction equipment operating inside the construction zone.
Imbach attempted to swerve around construction crew members who were trying to stop him. The CCRD construction crew blocked Imbach's car with a truck and pieces of construction equipment.
Imbach reportedly flicked a marijuana joint at the construction crew and threw a water bottle at them. The CCRD crew believed Imbach was impaired and held onto his steering wheel to prevent him from driving out from between the vehicles.
Imbach then got out of the car, and after walking a short distance, attacked one of the CCRD construction crew members. This member was able to take Imbach to the ground, and other members of the construction crew assisted in pinning Imbach to the ground while waiting for law enforcement to arrive.
When deputies arrived, Imbach attempted to escape and resist arrest. Imbach was arrested and booked on the following charges: DUII, reckless driving, attempted assault IV, disorderly conduct, and tampering with physical evidence.