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DUII Driver Hits OSP Patrol Car, Knocking Trooper to Ground - Highway 101 south of Brookings
04/06/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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An Oregon State Police patrol car was damaged and a trooper received minor bruising when an intoxicated driver crashed into the patrol car during a traffic stop on the southern Oregon coast south of Brookings.
 
On April 4, 2009 at approximately 12:30 a.m. OSP Trooper David Wehner was standing on the passenger side of his patrol car while he had another vehicle stopped on Highway 101 near milepost 358 when the patrol car was struck by an intoxicated driver. The impact into the left rear corner of the patrol car pushed it into the trooper and knocked him to the ground.
 
The car's driver, CHARLIE E. HENNING III, age 32, from Brookings, was not injured. HENNING, who was misdemeanor suspended based upon a previous DUII conviction, was intoxicated and subsequently arrested by Brookings Police Department on several charges. OSP requested Brookings police investigate the collision and take any appropriate enforcement action.
 
The OSP patrol car received over $1500 damage to the left rear corner, left bumper and quarter panel, and left rear wheel. It was towed from the scene.
 
HENNING was arrested for DUII, misdemeanor Driving While Suspended, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering Another Person (3 counts), and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree.