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Benton County Deputies Investigating Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 20 (Photo) - 11/07/14
Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a motor vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 20, near milepost 1. 5, East of Corvallis. The crash resulted in a single vehicle submerged in the Willamette River.

At about 5:00 am on Friday, November 7th , 2014, Joseph Lee Richeson, DOB 1/1/1984 reported to Corvallis Police Department that he was asleep in his vehicle when he woke up and found the vehicle traveling southbound on Highway 20. Richeson said he believed a man was driving his vehicle but was unable to tell for sure. Richeson said he started strangling the unknown male driver from the back seat and said the unknown driver drove the vehicle off the Highway, down the river bank and into the Willamette River.

Richeson said he was able to escape the submerged vehicle but said he did not help the unknown driver out of the vehicle and did not believe the driver was able to escape the vehicle. Richeson said he unsuccessfully tried to locate help.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office, Corvallis Police Department, Oregon State Police, Corvallis Fire Department, and Albany Fire Department Dive Team all responded, located the crash site and subsequently the submerged vehicle. While Rescue personnel worked to recover and search the submerged vehicle and confirmed no one was in the vehicle once it was removed from the river.

Benton County Detectives interviewed Richeson regarding the facts surrounding the crash. Once confronted with witness information, Richeson admitted lying to law enforcement about the unknown driver. Richeson admitted he was driving the vehicle and admitted to lying. Richeson consented to a voluntary breath alcohol test and with a result of 0.07 approximately 8 hours after the crash occurred.

Richeson was arrested and charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, and Initiating a False Report.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information to please contact Detective Chris Duffitt at 541-766-6858.
Benton County Sheriff's results from extra DUII saturation for Halloween weekend. - 11/04/14
The Benton County Sheriff's Office participated in extra DUII saturation patrol and enforcement surrounding the Halloween weekend this year. The extra patrol took place October 30, through November 1, 2014. Deputies who worked regular patrol and the DUII saturation shifts arrested a total of three people for DUII, wrote three citations for Minor in Possession (alcohol), two for Possession of a Controlled Substance, and numerous citations for various violations. Deputies also responded to calls for service during the mentioned dates, and four of those included traffic crashes with two involving injuries.

Driver impairment and speeding are the most common causes of injury crashes. Oregon's DUII enforcement program is committed to reducing the amount of crashes and impaired drivers on our roadways by keeping them off the roadway and arresting them when they choose to drive. For more info on impaired driving, visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com.
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Deputies Investigating Serious Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo) - 10/29/14
The Benton County Sheriff's Office is continuing it's investigation of a two vehicle motor vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 99W near Dawson Road, about three miles north of the city of Monroe. The crash resulted in serious injuries to both drivers and the arrest of one driver for multiple charges.

At about 9:25 pm on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to an injury motor vehicle crash on Highway 99W near Dawson Road. Deputies and medics from the Monroe Fire Department arrived. Sierra Campbell, 21, from Coos Bay, Oregon, was driving south on Highway 99W in a 2009 Pontiac G5 when she crossed the center dividing line. Her vehicle collided with a northbound 2004 Toyota Prius, driven by Donald Prickel, 69, from Corvallis, Oregon.

The Pontiac traveled off of the highway, struck a power pole, and came to rest on its side, about 30 feet off the highway. The airbags on the Pontiac were deployed. Sierra Campbell was ejected from the vehicle off the highway and was not wearing her seat belt. The Toyota came to rest just off the west side of the highway. The crash investigation resulted in the road being closed for approximately 2 hours.

Sierra Campbell was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by the REACH Medical Helicopter with serious injuries. Donald Prickle was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital by the Corvallis Fire Department with injuries.

Deputies investigation into the crash resulted in Sierra Campbell being arrested for Assault III, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (Alcohol), Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering.

Deputies from are continuing their investigation into the crash and the Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information to please contact Deputy Aaron Gevatosky at 541-766-6858.
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