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OSP Arrests Man Following Grand Jury Indictment Related to Sept. 2009 Fatal Crash in Welches
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
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A Milwaukie-area man was arrested Thursday by Oregon State Police (OSP) following a Clackamas County Grand Jury indictment on multiple charges related to a September 2009 fatal traffic crash that killed a Welches-area man on Highway 26 in Welches.
On November 5, 2009, OSP Senior Trooper Duane Larson arrested JEFFREY JEREMY JACOBS, age 28, while he was being held in custody for parole violation at the Marion County Jail. JACOBS was indicted by a Clackamas County Grand Jury on the following charges:
  • Manslaughter in the First Degree
  • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
  • Felony Hit and Run
  • Reckless Driving
JACOBS was transported to the Clackamas County Jail where he was lodged on the listed charges pending an arraignment. Bail is listed at $280,000.

The arrest followed an OSP investigation into a fatal traffic crash on September 16, 2009. At approximately 8:49 p.m. OSP Trooper Scott McLeod was patrolling eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 41 when he came upon the scene of a two-vehicle crash resting in the westbound lanes. Trooper McLeod began checking on the vehicle occupants and found one survivor pinned inside a 1993 Pontiac Grand Am four door. Before he was able to begin checking on the occupant of a 2002 Ford Taurus four door, Hoodland Fire Department and AMR ambulance arrived on scene and confirmed the Ford's driver was deceased.

After medical personnel treated JACOBS in the Pontiac and removed him from the car, he tried to flee into the woods. Trooper McLeod overtook and detained JACOBS with the help of an AMR paramedic. JACOBS was subsequently transported by AMR to Legacy Emanuel Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The crash killed GARY LEE BERRY, age 71, from Welches, as he was attempting to turn the Ford Taurus left from E. Woodsey Way onto westbound Highway 26. His car was struck in the driver's side by the eastbound Pontiac. A witness advised the Pontiac passed an eastbound vehicle at a high rate of speed just before crashing into the Ford.
The impact forced both vehicles across the highway where the Ford came to a stop in the westbound lane and the Pontiac stopped in the ditch on the north side of the highway.

BERRY was using safety restraints and his car's airbags deployed.

The investigation was completed by the OSP crash reconstruction unit working in conjunction with the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.
Questions regarding the arraignment should be directed to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.