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Deputies bust DUII driver for game day crash in Cornelius, found at twice the legal limit

Suspected DUII driver crashes in Cornelius - Washington County Sheriff's Office photo

CORNELIUS, Ore. – Deputies in Washington County arrested their first drunk driver ahead of Sunday’s big game after the person crashed into a median in Cornelius.

The crash was reported after noon near the intersection of N Adair and 20th Avenue.

The driver had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office is one of several other law enforcement agencies carrying out high visibility enforcement patrols through the Super Bowl weekend.

“On average, a driving under the influence arrest costs $10,000 in attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing and repairs, and more,” a WCSO spokesperson said.

If you don’t have a designated driver, make sure you plan an alternate ride such as a taxi, Lyft or Uber, or public transportation.

For party hosts, the Beaverton Police Department offered some advice on how to help prevent drunk driving:

  • Choose a responsible designated driver.
  • Serve plenty of food to your guests.
  • Offer a wide range of non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Stop alcohol service long before the event is over.
  • Prepare for guests to stay the night, if necessary, and call cabs, Lyft or Uber for others.

The High Visibility Enforcement (HVE) DUII patrols are partially funded by a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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