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Wrong Way Driver Facing Traffic Charges Following Collision with Trooper on Interstate 84
12/22/2009
Lieutenant Patrick Ashmore
Oregon State Police - The Dalles
(541) 296-9646

A wrong way driver is facing traffic charges after colliding with an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper's patrol car Monday night on Interstate 84 in the Bonneville area. The trooper was uninjured and the driver was held overnight at a Hood River hospital for observation.
 
On December 21, 2009 at approximately 8:50 p.m. reports were being received of a wrong way driver traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 37. OSP Senior Trooper Kaipo Raiser responded and quickly spotted the wrong way 1999 Jeep Cherokee in the left lane near milepost 40. While positioning the OSP patrol car to get the wrong way driver's attention to stop, the Jeep collided with the patrol car at approximately 15 mph and stopped.
 
Raiser was uninjured and checked on the female driver of the Jeep. Medical personnel were dispatched to the scene and subsequently transported TRUDIE LYNN EBERLE, age 52, from Sunnyside, Washington to Providence Hospital in Hood River. EBERLE told the trooper she thought she was still in the Yakima, Washington area.
 
EBERLE was subsequently cited to appear for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Reckless Driving.
 
"Senior Trooper Raiser risked his own safety and may have prevented a serious crash from occurring if she had continued driving," said OSP Lieutenant Pat Ashmore.
 
Law enforcement agencies in Oregon and nationwide are continuing participation in a crackdown on impaired driving that started December 16th and runs through January 3, 2010.