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Bend Man Arrested Following Crash Injuring 4-Year Old
08/26/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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A Bend-area man was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) Tuesday evening on multiple charges including DUII after he recklessly drove through a controlled vehicle fire scene and then crashed his vehicle seriously injuring his 4-year old son. The crash is a reminder of the type of impaired driving incidents police in Oregon and around the country are trying to prevent during the nationwide crackdown, August 21 – September 7.
 
On August 25, 2009 at approximately 6:00 p.m. OSP, ODOT and fire personnel were on scene of a vehicle fire on Highway 126E near milepost 8 in Linn County. The fire had been extinguished but the vehicle was still blocking the eastbound lane with ODOT personnel controlling traffic flow using hand-held stop/slow paddles.
 
OSP Trooper Andy Youngblood was on scene to investigate the vehicle fire. Two other vehicles were stopped in the westbound lane by an ODOT traffic controller when a green 1993 Subaru four-door approached at a high rate of speed. The Subaru failed to stop; passing the two stopped westbound vehicles on the north shoulder. The ODOT traffic controller ran out into the traffic lanes to avoid the Subaru as it continued through the vehicle fire scene at a high rate of speed.
 
Trooper Youngblood got into his OSP patrol car and tried to overtake the Subaru as it drove around a corner out of sight. While trying to overtake the Subaru with emergency lights activated, Trooper Youngblood rounded a corner and found the Subaru had crashed and was stopped in the middle of the highway near milepost 9.
 
Trooper Youngblood approached the Subaru and found an unrestrained, conscious 4-year old boy in the back seat lying face down with head and facial injuries. The male driver, identified as ROBERT PHILLIP COLLIER JR., age 37, from Bend, did not require medical transport.
 
The 4-year old boy was transported by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.
 
Subsequent to further investigation, COLLIER was arrested by Trooper Youngblood and lodged in the Linn County Jail for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII), Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Reckless Driving, and Assault in the Third Degree. He was also cited for No Operators License, Refusing to Obey a Flagger, and Failure to Properly Restrain a Child in a Safety Seat.
 
More information about Oregon's participation in the nationwide impaired driving crackdown, "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest." is available on the OSP website.