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Trooper Credited With Preventing More Serious Injury to Man Pulled from Under Overturned Pickup west of Hood River
Sergeant Pat Shortt
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
Office: (541) 296-9646

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper was credited with preventing more serious injury to a Vancouver, Washington man after the trooper pulled the injured man from underneath his crashed pickup as anti-freeze was streaming on him. The incident happened in front of the trooper who was getting ready to stop the pickup following a report of a possible intoxicated driver.
On June 5, 2009 at approximately 11:30 p.m. OSP Trooper Brent Ocheskey was working west of Hood River on Interstate 84 as part of an enhanced patrol effort focusing on hazardous traffic violations when a citizen reported a possible intoxicated driver eastbound from the Multnomah Falls area. Trooper Ocheskey spotted the red 2004 Ford pickup eastbound about four miles west of Hood River and pulled in behind it. As the trooper was about to initiate a traffic stop the pickup drifted off the road, struck a guardrail, traveled back across both eastbound lanes and struck the center concrete barrier where it overturned.
The driver, later identified as MICHAEL C. TROTTER, age 27, from Vancouver, Washington, was ejected from the pickup and landed underneath its hood. Trooper Ocheskey stopped the OSP patrol car and ran up to the pickup where TROTTER was found laying under a stream of anti-freeze falling on him.
Trooper Ocheskey pulled TROTTER from underneath the pickup and rendered first aid until medical personnel from Hood River Fire Department arrived. An unidentified physician who stopped at the scene said the trooper may very well have saved TROTTER's life or prevented more serious injury by pulling him from the streaming anti-freeze.
TROTTER was initially transported to Hood River Providence Hospital then taken by LifeFlight to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland with serious injuries.
Follow up investigation resulted today with OSP citing TROTTER for DUII and Reckless Driving.