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Malheur County Multi-Agency Enforcement Patrol Effort Results
06/26/2008
Sergeant Jason Reese
Oregon State Police - Ontario
Office: (541) 889-6469 ext. 712

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Malheur County area law enforcement agencies were pleased with last weekend's multi-agency DUII enforcement patrol efforts in the northern part of the county.
 
On Friday, June 20th, and Saturday, June 21st, Oregon State Police, Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Ontario Police Department, and Nyssa Police Department conducted coordinated patrols aimed at preventing injuries and fatalities from motor vehicle crashes and apprehending intoxicated drivers from area roads. The patrol efforts that ran each night from 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. coincided with the Nyssa Rodeo and National Old Time Fiddlers Festival in Weiser, Idaho, and were supported by the use of the Mobile DUII Processing Center, a 2007 36-foot Winnebago Voyage motor home retrofitted with equipment necessary to test and process intoxicated drivers.
 
According to Oregon State Police Sergeant Jason Reese the patrol efforts paid off and coinciding local public relations events held in the parking lot in front of The Home Depot in Ontario were successful.
 
"We're glad that there were no reported crashes during the weekend and many people were responsible and used designated drivers," said Reese. "This multi-agency effort will hopefully be an effective reminder leading to the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend."
 
Participating troopers, deputies, and officers reported a total of 190 vehicle stops that led to three DUII arrests, 49 traffic-related citations issued, and 207 additional warnings being given. In addition to the traffic-related enforcement, eleven minors were cited for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, five persons were cited for Possession of Less than an Ounce of Marijuana, and four arrest warrants were served on wanted individuals.
 
The Mobile DUII Processing Center (MDPC) motor home was purchased and rolled out about one year ago through a $171,000 grant from ODOT's Transportation Safety Division. Oregon State Police (OSP), Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and other law enforcement agencies and partners worked together to find this creative solution to help process arrested DUII drivers and get officers back on the road quicker. The MDPC equipment includes three Intoxilyzer Model 8000 breath-alcohol testing equipment, three work stations with laptops and printers, two temporary holding cells, emergency supplies, cell phones and radio communications equipment.