Intoxicated Prineville motorist arrested after driving into river
A Prineville man who drove over an embankment into a river was arrested for intoxicated driving Friday evening.
According to a Crook County Sheriff's Office report, deputies and Oregon State Police personnel were dispatched to the accident scene, near milepost 19 on Paulina Highway around 7:15 p.m. It was reported a pickup truck had run off the road and was in the river. At first, injuries were unknown, but later deputies reported the occupant of the pickup was uninjured.
Upon arrival, deputies located a silver Dodge 2500 pickup down an embankment and half submerged in the Crooked River. They discovered that 26-year-old Prineville resident Sidney Walter Hayes was driving eastbound when he lost control and went off an embankment into the river.
Deputies on scene investigated Hayes for driving under the influence of intoxicants. He was arrested at the scene for DUII. Due to the location, the investigation time, and travel time back to Prineville, Hayes still had a BAC of .08% several hours later, so alcohol was determined to be a factor in the crash.
Hayes was medically cleared at St. Charles Hospital and was lodged in the Crook County Jail on the charge of DUII, as well as careless driving and driving uninsured.
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