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La Pine, Madras Crashes Blamed On DUII Drivers

MADRAS, OR -- Madras Police are investigating a crash they believe may have been caused by a drunk driver. Officers responded to 4th and Pine, just beofre 4:30 a.m. Friday, and discovered an SUV upside down below the Willow Creek Bridge (pictured). They say the woman crashed through a concrete retaining barrier. She was pulled from the wreckage and taken to St. Charles Madras.

Firefighters were also called to put out a resulting brush fire. ODOT closed one lane of the bridge for the investigation, and to evaluate damage to the structure.  

Thursday night, just before 10:30 p.m., the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Huntington Road and Memorial Lane in La Pine for a single-vehicle crash. Deputies say the vehicle was northbound on Huntington when the driver crossed over the fog line, overcorrected, crossed both lanes and left the roadway. It rolled, breaking a tree in half and coming to rest against another tree. 

A 15-year-old passenger was ejected from the vehicle. Investigators say the 16-year-old driver was intoxicated and took the vehicle without permission. Both teens were taken to St. Charles Bend with non-life threatening injuries. A 14-year-old passenger was taken to St. Charles by private vehicle for evaluation. 

After the driver was released from the hospital, he was transported to the Deschutes County Juvenile Detention Center where he's charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, DUII, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering (two counts) and Assault II. 

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