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Drunk driver hits patrol car during traffic stop (Photo) - 01/05/18

On January 4, 2018 at about 10:10 pm a McMinnville Officer was on a traffic stop on Lafayette Avenue near Orchard Avenue. The officer was sitting in the driver side of the vehicle when his patrol car was sideswiped from behind. The driver of that vehicle, 20 year old Austin Scarvie of Amity, pulled over just up the road. Scarvie was subsequently arrested for DUII by Oregon State Police with a blood alcohol level of .14% BAC. The involved officer was checked out at Willamette Valley Medical Center and was released.
This crash comes on the heels of another crash that occurred on December 13, 2017 at about 6:00 am. A McMinnville officer was on a traffic stop on Cumulus Ave when a driver ran into the driver side patrol car door, causing significant damage to the patrol car. Other than a bruised leg the officer was fortunate to come away unharmed as did the driver of the other vehicle.
In 2014 over 3,800 officers were injured in crashes. In 2016; 53 officers were killed in crash related incidents, 15 were struck and killed while outside of their patrol vehicles. Prior to 2016, traffic related incidents have been the number one cause of officer fatalities in 15 of the last 20 years.
Please know that what feels like a safe distance and speed to the driver of a vehicle feels much closer and faster to the officer who has a 3,000 pound vehicle driving by. The McMinnville Police Department would like to ask that the public remember that Oregon Revised Statutes require that vehicles remain a safe distance from an emergency vehicle, including police, fire, medical and roadside assistance vehicles, that is stopped and displaying its warning lights. ORS 811.147 (commonly known as the "move over law") requires one of the following actions when approaching a vehicle displaying warning lights.
a) On a highway having two or more lanes for traffic in a single direction, fails to:
(A) Make a lane change to a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency vehicle, roadside assistance vehicle, tow vehicle or ambulance; or
(B) Reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a speed that is at least five miles per hour under the speed limit established in ORS 811.111 (Violating a speed limit) or a designated speed posted under ORS 810.180 (Designation of maximum speeds), if making a lane change is unsafe.
(b) On a two directional, two-lane highway, fails to reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a speed that is at least five miles per hour under the speed limit established in ORS 811.111 (Violating a speed limit) or a designated speed posted under ORS 810.180 (Designation of maximum speeds).

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