Prineville man revived and arrested following crash near Bend
A Prineville man involved in a vehicle crash on Christmas Day was revived and later arrested on drug and reckless driving charges.
According to police reports, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the crash scene, on the east Tumalo grade of U.S. Highway 20, around 2:40 p.m. Witnesses had reported that a silver Cadillac DeVille, driven 28-year-old Prineville man Tyland John Shoals, had crashed into a guard rail while driving through Tumalo. The Cadillac continued eastbound, toward Bend, when it crossed over the center line into oncoming traffic. Shoals then left the north side of the roadway and crashed into an embankment.
Bystanders stopped to check on Shoals and found he was unresponsive and not breathing. Moments later and with the assistance of bystanders, deputies arrived and provided Shoals life-saving medical aid.
Bend Fire Department Paramedics arrived to assist and transported Shoals to St. Charles – Bend. ODOT Incident Response also assisted with traffic control during the incident.
DCSO deputies conducted an investigation and determined Shoals appeared to be having an emergency medical issue when he crashed the Cadillac. As a result of the investigation, he was arrested for DUII – drugs, recklessly endangering another, and reckless driving. In lieu of custody, Shoals was cited and released at St Charles – Bend.
Authorities explained that instead of a physical arrest, the citation-in-lieu-of-custody releases the person on the promise to appear in court at a specified date and time. Due to privacy laws, law enforcement was unable to specify the reason a citation-in-lieu-of custody was used in this particular case. However, citations-in-lieu of custody are often used when people are charged with certain misdemeanor or felony offenses, are too unhealthy or ill for jail, they require emergent medical or mental health care at a hospital or several other unusual circumstances. However, a citation-in-lieu of custody is still an arrest and does not discount the seriousness of the alleged crimes.