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Driver Facing DUII, Other Charges Following Injury Crash Involving Yamhill County SO Deputy near Dayton

November 22, 2013

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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(503) 731-3020 ext 247
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Two people, including a Yamhill County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) deputy, received non-life threatening injuries Friday afternoon in a DUII-involved collision at the SE Lafayette Highway and SE Fletcher Road intersection west of Dayton. At the request of YCSO, Oregon State Police (OSP) is investigating.

On November 22, 2013 at approximately 1:42 p.m., a YCSO marked 2008 Ford Crown Victoria driven by Deputy JOSH ECKROTH, age 29, was traveling northbound on SE Lafayette Highway at 55 mph approaching the intersection with SE Fletcher Road. A southbound 1997 Ford van driven by STEVEN JAY MARES, age 40, from McMinnville, abruptly turned left from SE Lafayette Highway toward SE Fletcher Road in the path of the patrol car. Deputy ECKROTH attempted to avoid the turning van but both vehicles collided nearly head-on.

Both drivers were transported by ambulance to Willamette Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Deputy ECKROTH's injuries are believed minor. MARES' injuries are believed serious. Both drivers were using safety restraints and their vehicles' airbags deployed.

OSP troopers from the McMinnville Area Command office are conducting the investigation. Initial evidence indicates alcohol is contributing factor on the part of driver MARES. OSP cited MARES to appear in Yamhill County Circuit Court on the following charges:

* DUII
* Reckless Driving
* Assault in the Third Degree
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* No Valid Operators License

OSP was assisted at the scene by YCSO, Dayton Fire Department, McMinnville Fire Department, and ODOT. A detour for area traffic was in place for about 90 minutes.

Questions regarding Deputy ECKROTH may be directed to their department.

 

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