Separate drunk driving crashes in Bend lead to 3 arrests in 4 hours

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Bend Police arrested three people for DUII and other charges Sunday after they were involved in separate crashes, some with minor injuries.

The incidents started around 6:12 p.m. when Bend Police were dispatched to a crash at SE Fargo Lane and SE Reed Market Road.

The crash involved three vehicles, one driver with a minor injury, said Lt. Juli McConkey.

While a Ford Focus was traveling westbound, an eastbound Ford Excursion driven by 30-year-old Edith Jorge-Sanchez, tried to make a left turn to travel north on Fargo Ln.

Edith Jorge-Sanchez did not yield the right of way to the Focus and crashed into the side of the Focus, McConkey said.

The Focus was pushed off the road and into a sign and sidewalk.

The crash totaled the Focus and caused damage to City property. The driver of the Focus sustained a minor injury and was evaluated by Bend Fire & Rescue medics.

The force of the collision pushed the Excursion into a Ford Edge that was stopped at a stop sign on Fargo Lane, facing southbound.

The Edge was damaged but the driver and the passenger were not injured.

Edith Jorge-Sanchez was arrested for DUII-alcohol, reckless endangering and reckless driving.

Bend Police were then dispatched to a crash at NE Neff Road and NE Providence Road around 7:40 pm.

The crash involved two vehicles a Jeep Cherokee and a Cadillac passenger car, McConkey said.

The driver of the Jeep, 28-year-old Robert Small, was traveling eastbound on NE Neff Road and attempting to turn north on Providence Road when he struck a Cadillac that was driving west on NE Neff Road.

Bend Fire & Rescue evaluated both drivers on the scene for minor injuries.

Small was arrested for DUII-alcohol, and reckless endangering.

Police were dispatched to a hit and run with property damage around 10:25 p.m. at the 700 block of SW Industrial Way.

The caller said a Chevy Silverado struck a light pole in the area and the driver was walking away from the scene.

Officers quickly arrived on scene and were able to detain the driver, 25-year-old Christian Cullen. He was not injured from the crash.

Cullen was subsequently arrested for DUII-alcohol, hit and run-property damage, first-degree criminal mischief, and reckless driving, McConkey said.

In 2019, patrol officers arrested almost 550 DUII drivers.

“Although the number of arrests dropped to 302 in 2020 for a variety of reasons, it is evident that arrests are increasing this year,” McConkey said. “While our DUII enforcement team has made a significant impact since their reassignment, our patrol officers are responsible for nearly 60% of the 306 arrests through August 31st this year.”

Police eencourage individuals to use rideshare opportunities, or have a sober driver, if they are impaired.

They also encourage community members to report if they suspect a DUII driver, by calling the non-emergency line at 541-693-6911, or 911 for an emergency.

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