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Citizen's Driving Complaint Leads to OSP Arrest of Wanted Man in Sherwood

August 14, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247

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Following a reported driving complaint Tuesday night of a possible DUII driver near Tualatin, an Oregon State Police senior trooper located and arrested the driver who was DUII, driving while suspended, and wanted on an outstanding warrant for Strangulation, Assault, and Harassment.

On August 13, 2013 at approximately 8:39 p.m., a citizen reported to OSP Northern Command Center dispatch that a possible DUII driver was southbound on Interstate 205 near Interstate 5. OSP Senior Trooper Robin May was working construction work zone safety enforcement overtime in the Tigard/Sherwood area and responded to find the vehicle. As the caller stayed on the phone providing location updates, the trooper saw the vehicle, driven without any lights on, turn from the SW Tualatin-Sherwood Road onto Highway 99W and stopped it at 8:52 p.m.

During the initial contact, the driver had no identification and provided a false name. Subsequent investigation confirmed his name was AARON WILLIAM THOMAS MONKEN, age 24, from Newberg. MONKEN had a Yamhill County Circuit Court warrant issued that morning after failing to appear in court related to Strangulation, Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Harassment charges.

During the contact, Senior Trooper May also found small amounts of suspected heroin, marijuana, and other evidence.

MONKEN was lodged in the Washington County Jail on the Yamhill County warrant. He was also cited to appear for several offenses including DUII, Reckless Driving, Identity Theft, Driving While Suspended - Violation, and Unlawful Possession of less than an Ounce of Marijuana. Additional charges may be pending after review with the Washington County District Attorney's Office.


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