January 21, 2014
Ontario Man Arrested After Fleeing Rollover Traffic Crash - Highway 20 / Highway 201N south of Ontario
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Ontario Police Department, Malheur County Sheriff’s Office and citizen witnesses, arrested an Ontario man late Sunday night after he was found hiding in an irrigation ditch following a single vehicle traffic crash at the junction of Highway 20 and Highway 201N south of Ontario.
On January 19, 2014 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Malheur County Sheriff’s Office and OSP responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover traffic crash at the Cairo Junction (Highway 20 / Highway 201N). Additional information from witnesses indicated the male driver fled the scene on foot, was intoxicated, and was last seen near Cairo Elementary School. Upon arrival, witnesses told OSP the driver may have been injured and they provided a description.
Additional officers responded to the scene to establish a perimeter search. At approximately 10:55 p.m., an Ontario police officer found a man hiding in an irrigation ditch about a half mile away from the crash scene. An OSP trooper took one of the witnesses to that location. The witness positively identified the man as the driver who fled the overturned vehicle.
The suspect was identified as BRANDON DANIEL WEST, age 27, from Ontario. WEST was found to be on parole for Criminally Negligent Homicide. He had a minor injury but declined medical treatment.
Subsequent investigation led to his arrest for Felony DUII, Reckless Driving, and Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver Involved in a Property Damage Crash. His parole officer authorized a parole violation retainer. He was lodged in Malheur County Jail and also cited for No Operator’s License and Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle.
The crash investigation indicated WEST was driving a Ford Excursion southbound on Highway 201N negotiating a curve to westbound Highway 20 when the vehicle traveled wide into the eastbound lane. WEST overcorrected, lost control and traveled back across both lanes where the vehicle went off the highway and overturned onto its top in a field.