DCSO deputy involved in 3-car crash on Highway 97

A Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy responding to an incident in Terrebonne Sunday night was involved in a three-car crash on Highway 97 just north of Bend, according to police.

Lt. Juli McConkey said the crash happened just after 8 p.m. at North Highway 97 and Clausen Drive.

She said Deputy Clint Baltzor was driving his Dodge Durango in the northbound lane with his lights and siren on, en route to a Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. call out in Terrebonne.  A black Nissan Rouge, driven by a 55-year-old Lake Oswego man was in front of him and tried to yield right but was unable to as there was a vehicle in the right lane, which caused him to yield left instead.

Deputy Baltzor’s patrol car struck the Nissan Rouge which then struck a blue/green Honda Odyssey, driven by a 26-year-old Terrebonne man. Deputy Baltzor checked on all occupants and was tending to the driver of the Rogue when officers arrived on scene. All three vehicles involved were in the left lane of travel on Highway 97.

McConkey said all three drivers were taken to St. Charles in for non-life threatening injuries, where they were treated and released.  ODOT and OSP responded and assisted Bend Police with the investigation. All of the involved vehicles were towed from the scene and the highway was reopened after about an hour.

This case is still under investigation and McConkey said no citations were given out.

Baltzor, a 12-year-veteran of the DCSO made news late in 2019 when the Deschutes County DA John Hummel cleared him of any charges following a Black Friday shooting in Bend after a traffic stop involving a suspected stolen car.

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