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OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of Illegally Killed Trophy Sized Deer in Pickup
Sergeant Julie Wilcox
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
(541) 296-9646

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) Sunday traffic stop south of The Dalles ended with more than a speeding citation after a trooper found an illegally killed trophy sized buck in the bed of the pickup. A Portland-area man who is believed to be responsible for killing the deer was also arrested for failure to register as a sex offender and lodged in jail in The Dalles.
On November 22, 2009, OSP Trooper Brent Ocheskey stopped a Ford Ranger pickup after spotting it traveling 79 mph in a 55 mph speed zone on Highway 197 south of Dufur. As Ocheskey walked up to contact the driver he saw an approximately 250 lb. trophy sized 4 X 4 buck deer in the pickup's bed shot with an arrow.
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop indicated passenger ERIC EUGENE BURRIS, age 31, from Portland, is alleged to have unlawfully shot the buck with bow and arrow in the White River Unit, which was closed during the open late season archery hunt. BURRIS was taken into custody for Unlawful Taking Deer and two counts of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He was also cited for Unlawful Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol.
Operator JOSHUA EDWARD LEPOIDEVIN, age 25, from Portland, was cited and released for Aiding in a Game Violation, Violation of the Basic Rule to wit: 79 mph in a 55 speed zone, Driving Uninsured, and Unlawful Possession of less than an Ounce of Marijuana.
The deer and a compound bow were seized as evidence.
BURRIS was lodged at the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR) in The Dalles.