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Vehicle Information Needed in Hit and Run (Photo) - 01/14/18

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Ricky Ray Ferguson, 54, was booked and lodged at approximately 11:30 p.m., at the Benton County Jail on Saturday night. He was charged with Manslaughter I, Assault II, Reckless Driving, Hit & Run Vehicle-Injury, and Tampering with Evidence.

Our Office continues to seek information from people who saw Ferguson's white, 2004 Ford F250 pickup truck, Oregon license plate 377 JQR, on January 12-13. We know Ferguson stayed in the Philomath area for a significant period of time after the incident. He stopped at a numerous roadside locations to work on his vehicle and alter its appearance.

The living victim, Allan Deutsch, 85, of Corvallis, remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Robert Ozretich, 70, of Corvallis, was struck and killed on impact and taken directly to a local funeral home.

Ferguson was located within four hours of the incident with help from our community. Witnesses are asked to call Sergeant Iverson at 541-766-6858 with vehicle information.

Philomath Hit and Run - 01/13/18

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Benton County Sheriff's Office is investigating Ricky Ray Ferguson, 53, of Toledo, Oregon, for the involvement in a hit and run crash on Highway 20 in Philomath this morning.

With help from multiple members of the community, the suspect's pickup was spotted and ultimately located at the Blodgett Store, just west of Philomath.

Two community volunteers were collecting debris along the highway, when they were struck by a white Ford 250 pickup truck, which fled the scene.

One of the volunteers was a Corvallis man, 70 years of age, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The other volunteer is a Corvallis man, 85 years of age, remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. More information on the two men will be available once the families have been notified.

We want to thank the involvement of our citizens for calling in the vehicle location. Highway 20 has been reopened.

The investigation of the fatal hit and run crash continues with assistance from Philomath Police Department, Corvallis Police Department, Albany Police Department, Oregon State Police, and Oregon Department of Transportation.

Attached Media Files: Hit_and_Run.pdf
Holiday DUII Stats (Photo) - 01/08/18

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The Benton County Sheriff's Office participated in extra DUII patrol December 13, 2017 through January 1, 2018, to coincide with the holidays, responding to regular calls for service, as well as the extra patrol.

During those 19 days, five drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and two were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

Deputies also issued 66 citations for speeding, four to drivers using their cell phone while driving, two citations for Minor in Possession of alcohol, and cited 26 people for driving with a suspended license.

Benton County Sheriff's Office's next DUII Saturation Patrol is scheduled for Super Bowl weekend, February 2-5, 2018. Our office will be targeting drivers under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, and inhalants.

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 information on impaired driving, visit