A Prineville woman was cited for drunk driving Thursday night after a rollover crash on the Ochoco Highway, according to the Crook County Sheriff’s Office.
It was a Good Samaritan who helped rescue her and her son.
Sgt. Mitch Madden said deputies were dispatched to the crash near NE Northshore Trail around 5:30 p.m.
Initial reports said two people were trapped inside a red Saturn that had gone down an embankment, rolled, and collided with a tree.
Joe Reed was driving by, noticed the fresh tracks in the snow, and knew something was wrong.
“So, I pulled off the road up ahead, and I ran back here and I looked down and there was this vehicle down there,” he said. “A semi truck pulled up and I told him to call 911, that we have a vehicle down the embankment … I was able to get down in there and get the boy out through that window there. And I got him and we worked our way across the cut here, I figured I could – it was bad; it was steep, it was snowy, it was snowing, it was dark.”
Reed said another passing driver took the boy in to get warm.
He then went back to the car to help the driver, 42-year-old Kristi Teasdale up the hill.
Deputies arrived and used a rescue rope to help her up the hill.
Crook County Fire & Rescue arrived and took Teasdale to St. Charles in Prineville with non-life-threatening injuries.
Madden said deputies determined alcohol and medication were factors in the crash.
Teasdale was cited in lieu of custody for driving under the influence of intoxicants. The crash is still under investigation and more charges are pending, Madden said.