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Grant County Man Arrested Following Strange Encounter with School Transport Vehicle
Sergeant Gordon Larson
Oregon State Police - John Day
Office: (541) 575-1363

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Oregon State Police, with the assistance of Grant County Sheriff's Office, arrested a Long Creek-area man on multiple charges Wednesday including DUII, Recklessly Endangering, and Menacing following an incident involving a school transport vehicle with two children on board.
According to Trooper Marv Ritter, on January 30, 2008 at approximately 4:20 p.m. a school transport vehicle with two children, a 12-year old girl and 13-year old boy enroute to their homes, was southbound on Highway 395 near milepost 92 when a 1985 Chevrolet Sprint passed the bus northbound. The car, driven by ROY EUGENE MERCER, age 55, from Long Creek, reportedly skidded to a stop, turned around and chased the bus uphill where it then passed the bus. The car came to an abrupt stop sideways in the southbound lane forcing the woman bus driver to stop.
MERCER allegedly jump out of his car and aggressively postured and yelled at the bus driver, including yelling he was placing her under arrest because one of the lights on the bus was burned out.
Afraid for her and the children's safety, the bus driver backed down the icy highway to get away. She was able to turn the bus around and drive back to Long Creek with MERCER following the bus. Upon entering the town she called 9-1-1 for help and eventually lost sight of MERCER.
An Oregon State Police trooper and Grant County Sheriff's Office deputy responded to the area and located the suspect's car at his residence. Upon contact with MERCER he became uncooperative and was taken into custody following a briefing struggle.
MERCER was lodged in Grant County Jail on the following charges:
  • Coercion (3 counts)
  • Menacing (3 counts)
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person (3 counts)
  • DUII
  • Reckless Driving
  • Disorderly Conduct