A Madras woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, reckless endangering and failure to perform the duties of a driver after police say she lost control of her Subaru Legacy and crashed into a residence.
At about 10:30 p.m., Madras police responded to a report that a driver had crashed into a residence on the 600 block of Southwest Second Street and then fled on foot, according to a report by Madras Police Department Detective Sgt. Steve Webb.
The officer talked with several people at the residence and learned that no one was injured. The officer saw damage to the Legacy, as well as to siding on the residence and a boat trailer there.
People at the residence described the suspect, and then a neighbor called 911 and said a woman had been hiding in the bushes in his backyard.
As police continued to investigate, dispatch received a call about a woman with a child near Hull Street that needed help. The Jefferson County Fire Department found a woman with a child on Southwest I Street near Hull Street.
Police identified her as Morgan Rowe, 23, of Madras, and determined she was the driver, Webb's report said. After Rowe fled, she went home and took her 4-year-old child outside, the report said. Someone saw her and called 911.
Police confirmed that Rowe did not have the child with her at the time of the crash, but they do not know why she took the child out of the house.
After police spoke with Rowe, they arrested her and took her to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. According to Webb, she had a blood alcohol level of 0.13%,, above the legal limit of 0.08% in Oregon.
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