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Driver Cited at 103 MPH Shortly After OSP Trooper Scatters Herd of Deer Off Highway 138E
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Moments after an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper used his patrol car's siren and horn to scare a herd of mule deer of the roadway, a Forest Grove man was cited after the trooper caught him traveling 103 mph through the same area on Highway 138 west of Highway 97. The incident is a reminder to all drivers to slow down and pay attention for deer and other unexpected animals on or near the roads.
On June 11, 2011 at approximately 1:50 p.m. an OSP trooper from the Gilchrist work site scared a herd of mule deer off Highway 138E about six miles west of Highway 97. Moments later the trooper spotted a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze passenger car with two occupants traveling 103 mph.
Upon stopping the car the trooper contacted driver JI WANG, age 21, from Forest Grove. WANG told the trooper that he thought the road was clear and he would go a little faster. WANG, who was accompanied by his girlfriend, was cited for Violation of the Basic Rule in Excess of 100 mph to wit: 103 mph in a 55 speed zone. The scheduled fine was listed at $1,148.
OSP Senior Trooper Joe Smith noted that hundreds of deer are killed annually on state highways in Klamath County and around the state. In addition to the potential injuries and property damage suffered by vehicle occupants, the crashes also have a devastating effect on Oregon's natural resources.
The Oregon State Police and ODOT would like to remind all drivers of the possible dangers associated with animals on or near our highways. The following driving tips are offered as it relates to animal encounters on or near the highway:
  • Be attentive at all times, especially sunset to sunrise for any potential hazard on or near the highway.
  • When driving in areas that have special signs indicating the possible presence of animals/wildlife use extra caution because these signs are posted for a reason.
  • Remember that the presence of any type of animal/wildlife could also mean that others are nearby.
  • When you see an animal/wildlife near or on the roadway, reduce your speed and try to stay in your lane. Many serious crashes are the result of drivers swerving to avoid wildlife or other obstacles and they crash into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle.
  • When driving a passenger vehicle, always wear your safety belt because any collision could result in serious injuries.