Sheriff: Drunk designated driver plows into 2 police cars
SALEM, Ore. - A designated driver driving drunk at 2:30 in the morning crashed into two police cars parked along a major arterial with their emergency lights on early Sunday morning, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.
First the good news: No one got hurt.
One of the officers saw the car coming and pulled the other out of the way before a 2003 Ford Focus plowed into the rear of one of the police cars.
The city officers told the county deputy who investigated the crash that they got out of the way with seconds to spare.
The Ford and the first police car had to be towed from the crash at Liberty Road South near Browning Avenue South in south Salem.
The impact pushed the first police car into the rear of the car ahead of it, the sheriff's office said.
None of the 5 people involved reported any injuries.
The responding deputies took stock of the situation:
Two "highly intoxicated" adult passengers in the Ford, riding with their designated driver.
Three damaged cars, two of them law enforcement rigs that had been at work on something completely unrelated.
And what a couple moments for a couple of cops who just got out of the way of a car crash with seconds to spare.
Deputies arrested the driver of the Ford - Mercede Linn Ogan, 26, of Salem - and charged her with four counts of Reckless Endangering Another Person and one count of DUII.
At the Marion County Jail, tests found Ogan had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit, the sheriff's office said.