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An Oregon state agency decertified Patricia Winnie for life after determining she fled the scene of a Canby crash.

COURTESY - Two Clackamas County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicles are shown here. A former Clackamas County Sheriff's deputy who had also worked as a jailer at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville has been banned from working in law enforcement for life.

Oregon's Public Safety Standards & Training agency OK'd the decertification of Patricia Marie Winnie during a board meeting on Thursday, July 22 — following the recommendation of a subcommittee that found the 54-year-old Canby resident had been convicted of reckless driving.

The unanimous vote came without discussion as part of the meeting's consent agenda.

Canby Police cited Winnie after investigating a hit-and-run that damaged a car parked outside a local Fred Meyer on May 7, 2019, according to a state memo. A bystander documented the suspect vehicle's license plate, make and model and alerted the victim; police found paint scrapes "consistent with the crash" when they visited Winnie's home later that day, per the memo.

DPSST determined Winnie was "dishonest" after officers questioned her about the crash and she replied that she "didn't know anything about it."

In as statement, Winnie denied the allegations, saying she drives a full-size pick-up and "had no idea I hit somebody and still don't believe I did."

Winnie says that her vehicle was not damaged, and adds that she was not able to contest the DPPST decision due to a broken leg that prevented her from checking the mail.

"I am confident that I would have won," she said.

While not reflected in the initial charge of failure to perform the duties of a driver, a misdemeanor commonly known as hit-and-run, that state memo asserts that Winnie was under the influence of prescription medication or alcohol at the time of the crash.

In October 2019, Winnie was sentenced to 24 hours of community service, $766 in fines and fees, 12 months of bench probation and a 90-day driver's license suspension.

Winnie says she was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident, except for a medication she has taken for a more than a decade.

"It does not affect my driving," she said. "Canby police assumed incorrectly that I was under the influence and there's no proof to that."

In January, 2020, Winnie's request to convert the community service to a $240 fine was granted, however in September she returned to court to ask for an extension to pay off the balance.

"Winnie failed to complete the obligations of her sentencing," the memo says. "Her probation will be terminated once the balance is paid in full."

Winnie was hired by the state Department of Correction as a Coffee Creek corrections officer in late 2006; she retired in January 2008 and was hired later that month as a deputy by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, according to records. She resigned in 2014 but was then brought back to the force in 2016, before finally being laid off by the sheriff in April 2017.


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