Text Size:   A+ A- A   •   Text Only
Site Image
DUII Driver Crashes Into OSP Patrol Car, Trooper Injured - Highway 101 near Brookings
December 6, 2012

Sergeant Scott Punch
Oregon State Police - Gold Beach
(541) 247-6641 ext 222

Photograph links valid 30 days - Source: Oregon State Police

An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper was injured early Thursday morning after an intoxicated driver struck his patrol car on Highway 101 near Brookings.
On December 6, 2012, at 1:26 a.m., Senior Trooper Jeff Johnson was parked in a marked OSP patrol car on the east side shoulder of Highway 101 near milepost 358. A 1987 Dodge Pickup driven by SEAN RUSSELL,  age 19, from Brookings, was northbound in the right lane of travel at 63 mph when it drifted onto the shoulder and struck the OSP patrol car. The Dodge pickup came to rest about a 100 yards north of the patrol vehicle after striking a guardrail. RUSSELL was not injured.
Senior Trooper Johnson was transported by Cal-Or Ambulance to Sutter Coast Hospital with minor injuries. He was treated and released later that morning.
Brookings Police Department responded to the scene and conducted an investigation at OSP's request. RUSSELL was subsequently arrested for DUII and Reckless Driving. He was lodged in the Curry County Jail and arraigned that morning.
Harbor Fire Department responded and assisted at the scene.