Fire Chief's daughter detained after duty rig allegedly stolen
Colton Fire Chief Richard "Beau" Beaudoin's duty vehicle was stolen on Jan. 9, the same day his daughter Courtney Beaudoin was taken into police custody in Seaside after police say she crashed an allegedly stolen vehicle.
"The day of the incident, I did file and sign the police report to press charges," Chief Beaudoin said at Colton Fire's Feb. 13 board meeting. He expressed a desire to talk to the Pioneer further, but has been advised to not comment at this time.
Last week, the Clatsop County District Attorney's Office confirmed they had received the reports from police and anticipated making a charging decision within the week; but on March 15, they said the case is under investigation and that they could not comment. At this time, no charges are pending against Courtney.
She has been found guilty of using a vehicle without consent in the past. In June 2016, Courtney was convicted of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Linn County, circuit court records show.
An Oregon State Police log entry from Jan. 9 at 7:22 a.m. reveals the sequence of events that occurred near Seaside. Courtney was entering a sharp curve on the onramp from Highway 26 to Highway 101, when for an unknown reason the vehicle left the roadway and went up a steep embankment before hitting a tree head on. Courtney fled the scene before first responders arrived, but Gearhart Police eventually located and identified her, the log entry shows. At the scene, the crashed vehicle was determined to be stolen.
Seaside Police then detained and transported Courtney to be interviewed, according to the log entry. But after a brief interview, police determined that Courtney should be medically cleared by hospital personnel before continuing the investigation.
She was then transported to Seaside Providence Hospital for a mental health evaluation, the log entry shows. After speaking to hospital personnel and a social worker, she was placed on a mental health hold by the hospital.
The next day, on Jan. 10, Courtney was booked into Clatsop County Jail, according to the Clatsop County District Attorney's office. Then, on Jan. 11 around midnight, she was booked into Marion County Jail, according to the jail's inmate roster. She was held there until Jan. 30, when she was transferred to Clackamas County Jail and held for a probation violation relating to a previous conviction in July 2016 for possession of methamphetamine.
In 2016, Courtney was convicted of several crimes in addition to the June unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and July possession of methamphetamine, including theft of services, aggravated harassment and assaulting a public safety officer. In June of that year, she also pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of intoxicants, for which she entered into a diversion program.
At Colton Fire's Feb. 13 board meeting, the board held a discussion about the chief's vehicle but avoided details at the advice of the Special Districts Association of Oregon.
"At this point, we are not authorized to discuss names or details," Board Chair Joyce Parker said. "We can state for the record that the vehicle was stolen, has been recovered, declared totaled by our insurance company, and the insurance company has paid out a claim to us of $17,001. We are in a position to wait and see if the theft can be proven."
Parker added, "My understanding is that this is a legal matter and we're really not at freedom to discuss much."
After the discussion, the board decided to spend up to $19,000 for a new duty rig and in the interim to pay a stipend to the chief for the use of his personal vehicle, a stipend which he attempted to decline during the meeting.
No court dates have been made public.