▶️ Driver crashes into Tumalo fire station, cited for DUII

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Deschutes County Sheriff’s deputies say a Crooked River Ranch man who crashed his SUV into a fire station in Tumalo Wednesday night has been cited for DUII.

DCSO said the crash happened around 11:13 p.m. at the fire station on Cook Avenue.

The fire station is operated by Bend Fire & Rescue. They said the three firefighters inside were awakened by the crash that shook the two-story building.

DCSO said the vehicle was a 2003 Ford Explorer. It had heavy front-end damage and there was damage to the fire station.

Bend Fire said the SUV ended up 3-to-4 feet inside the station. Brick, sheet rock and broken glass were sprayed into the exercise room.

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Firefighters quickly came to the aid of the driver and female passenger, Bend Fire said. Both said they were not hurt.

The driver, identified by DCSO as 46-year-old Jamie Frank Slagter, was taken into custody and cited for DUII and first degree criminal mischief.

Bend Fire said an inspection found that the building remained structurally sound. The station will remain open and fully staffed.

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