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Crash witness at Highway 26 and Elliot Lane scene was arrested for driving under the influence

Three Prineville residents were injured and a Bend UPS driver was cited following a crash on Highway 26 just east of Prineville Friday afternoon.

According to Trooper Matthew Gordon with Oregon State Police, a report of a crash at the intersection of U.S. Highway 26 and Elliot Lane was called in around 4:25 p.m. Responding authorities learned that Bend UPS driver Greg Andrews, 32, was turning left on the highway from Elliot Lane and drove into the path of a Subaru driven by 37-year-old Prineville woman Susan Prince.

The Subaru collided with the truck, injuring three passengers in the Subaru — 38-year-old Prineville man Jason Halderman, a 12-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl. All three were transported by ambulance to St. Charles Prineville.

Crook County Undersheriff James Savage, who was among the emergency personnel who responded the scene, said that Elliot Lane is positioned just north of the Prineville railway trestle, making it difficult to see northbound traffic.

"You have to edge out there a little bit," he said of the intersection.

Though that may have contributed to the crash, Andrews was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device.

While authorities were responding to the crash scene, Oregon State Police ended up making an arrest for driving under the influence of intoxicants — one that was completely unrelated to the crash itself.

According to OSP Trooper Tim Holbrook, 33-year-old Prineville man Jesse Sarkkinen, who played a role in reporting the crash and serving as a witness, "showed multiple signs of impairment" at the scene. A breath test revealed he had blood alcohol content of .22 percent. He was arrested without incident and transported to Crook County Jail.

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