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Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of a Eugene Police Department (EPD) detective in an unmarked vehicle, arrested a Coos Bay-area man Wednesday afternoon on several driving-related charges following multiple complaints along Interstate 5 between Salem and Tigard.
On July 31, 2013 at approximately 11:48 a.m., the first of several driving complaints starting in Salem along Interstate 5 near milepost 260 were received into OSP Northern Command Center dispatch regarding a recklessly driven light blue Chevrolet pickup displaying Oregon license plates. In total, OSP confirmed 11 driving complaints regarding the pickup as it continued northbound reportedly at high rates of speed, passing on shoulders, and tossing dirt and rocks onto vehicles it was passing.
One of the vehicles passed was an EPD detective in an unmarked vehicle near Woodburn. The EPD detective kept the pickup in sight as it continued northbound until an OSP trooper saw the pickup near Tualatin and stopped it near milepost 292.
Subsequent to the traffic stop the trooper arrested the pickup’s driver, MATTHEW BRIAN OLIVER, age 35, from Coos Bay, for DUII, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. While enroute to the jail, OLIVER kicked and damaged one of the rear doors of the patrol car he was being transported in. A fourth charge, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, was also included on his list of charges as he was lodged in the Washington County Jail.
OSP extends a big THANK YOU to Eugene Police Department and the citizens who called related to this incident. Reporting dangerous and possible intoxicated drivers is encouraged to help OSP and other law enforcement agencies locate drivers and their vehicles before they may be involved in a traffic collision.