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A driver's blood alcohol was nine times the legal limit when police officers stopped him

A driver's blood alcohol was nine times the legal limit when police officers stopped him Friday afternoon in Warm Springs.

According to a press release from the Lt. Ron Gregory of the Warm Springs Tribal Police Department, at 1:08 p.m., Feb. 19, Madras Police Department reported a hit and run that took place near the Plateau Travel Plaza in Madras, a Tribal property located in Madras. The suspect vehicle was described as a white Ford Explorer, and it was reported to be traveling toward Warm Springs.

Warm Springs Tribal Police Officers located the Explorer near Pelton Dam Road and initiated a traffic stop. While contacting the driver, later identified as 28-year-old Nathan Danzuka, officers observed several alcoholic beverage containers within the vehicle and noticed that the driver was exhibiting signs of impairment. When asked to exit the vehicle, the driver refused and drove off, leading the officers on a short pursuit, the release said.

After driving approximately one-half mile, the Explorer attempted to pass another vehicle and was forced back into its own lane by an oncoming car. The driver lost control of the Explorer and crashed into a concrete barrier on the side of the road.

The driver was placed into custody and transported to St. Charles Medical Center – Madras for evaluation for possible injuries sustained in the crash.

Danzuka's blood alcohol content was reportedly 0.77%, which is more than nine times the legal limit, the release said. Criminal charges are pending.

Madras Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Oregon State Police assisted Warm Springs Tribal Police Department in the incident.

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