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Charges Pending After Crash into Police Car in Mosier While Attempting to Elude Officers
12/02/2009
Sergeant Julie Wilcox
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
(541) 296-9646

Charges are pending for a Hood River-area man after he attempted to elude officers in the Mosier area and crashed into a Hood River police car. The suspect was transported to a Portland area hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the Hood River police officer had minor injuries.
 
On December 1, 2009 at approximately 5:45 p.m. OSP Northern Command Center dispatch received two separate calls of a possible intoxicated driver. The second call advised the male driver was disoriented and unable to open his car door while at the Memaloose Rest Area on Interstate 84 east of Mosier.
 
A U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer found the vehicle, a 1999 Chrysler 300, at the rest area and attempted to stop it as it left westbound. The driver failed to yield to emergency lights and drove westbound on Interstate 84.
 
A Hood River police officer spotted the car at the Mosier interchange where it exited with the officer following. The driver made a u-turn just south of the freeway interchange and collided head-on at about 25 mph into Hood River Police Officer Mike Martin's stopped police car.
 
The car's driver, DONALD LEE HENDERSHOT JR, age 48, from Hood River, was detained by an OSP trooper. He was transported by ambulance to Providence Hood River Hospital, and then later transferred to Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in Portland.
HENDERSHOT was believed to be under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the crash and charges are pending.
 
Officer Martin received minor injuries but was not transported by medical personnel from the scene.
 
Highway 30 into Mosier was closed for approximately 1 1/2 hours during the investigation.