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Benton County Sheriffs Office DUII patrol to coincide with the Philomath Frolic. - 07/10/15
Results from extra DUII saturation patrol on Independence Day Weekend & upcoming DUII patrol to coincide with the Philomath Frolic.

The Benton County Sheriff's Office, participated in extra DUII saturation patrol during Independence Day Weekend, July 3-5, 2015. Those who worked the extra patrol arrested 3 people for DUII, 2 for Reckless Driving, and wrote 20 citations for traffic violations. The Benton County Sheriff's Office as a whole arrested 3 people for DUII, 3 people on outstanding warrants, investigated 1 traffic crash, arrested 2 for possession of controlled substances, and wrote a total of 41 traffic citations for violations committed over the weekend. Deputies also responded to the regular calls for service and criminal investigations.

The next DUII saturation patrol is scheduled July 9-12, 2015 for the Philomath Frolic weekend in Philomath.

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.
Drowning victim located on Willamette River downstream from Albany - 07/06/15
Monday, July 6, 2015, BENTON COUNTY, OR - Benton Co

Drowning victim located on Willamette River downstream from Albany.

On July 5, at about 6:00 p.m., the Benton County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Program recovered the drowning victim named Brian Rogers (39 year old male) who was listed as a missing person and possible drowning victim on July 3, 2015. Mr. Rogers was located near river mile 115, which is about three miles downstream from where he was last seen on the Willamette River.

Mr. Rogers was found with the assistance of a local citizen. Notifications have been made to family members. The Albany Police Department assisted in the recovery and identification of Mr. Rogers on July 5. The Albany Police Department, Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Fire Department, and Benton County Sheriff's Office responded to the initial call, but were unsuccessful in rescue and recovery attempts. Mr. Rogers had been swimming near Bowman Park in Albany when he went under water and did not resurface.

This was the second drowning in the last week in waters the Benton County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol Program patrols. There was also a near miss just downstream of Harrisburg on the Willamette River where a boat is currently hung up in a logjam. Efforts are in the works to get the boat removed, and no one was injured during the incident. The Benton County Marine Patrol Program patrols on the Willamette River from Harrisburg to Buena Vista and up the Santiam River to Jefferson where the North and South Santiam Rivers meet.

We would like to remind people to be cautious when recreating on the water and if you are in a boat or vessel wear an approved life jacket or have it accessible. If you are not in a vessel, it is still a good idea to have an approved personal flotation device with you or accessible, especially if you cannot swim or are not a good swimmer. Also use caution when in or around the water if you are using alcohol and or drugs. Many drownings each year are found to have alcohol or controlled substances (legal or not legal) as a contributing factor. For more information on safe boating practices, see the Oregon State Marine Board website at www.oregon.gov/OSMB.

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Contact: Sergeant Toby Bottorff (Office Phone #: 541-766-6099)