Man crashes vehicle, attempts getaway, ends up cuffed

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A Keizer man was charged a DUII after crashing into a car and attempting to flee the scene. Shown is damage to his vehicle. (Submitted)

A Keizer man was arrested last Saturday night after hitting a parked car, a telephone pole and a utility box.

For good measure Byron E Reed, 38, also drove through two yards and struck his head on a curb while attempting to run from Keizer Police Department officers.

Officers responded to a report of Reed’s 1985 Mercedes Benz 190 driving through two yards and hitting a parked Toyota Corolla on the 1600 block of Chelan Street N.E. Shortly before 10 p.m. on Nov. 17.

Reed stumbled out of his vehicle, fell and struck his head on a curb. He attempted to run from officer Arsen Avetisyan but was quickly caught and taken into custody without incident.

Reed was charged with DUII, hit-and-run property damage, criminal mischief and driving while suspended. He was lodged in the Marion County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail.

A combination of wet conditions, speed and impairment led Reed to be unable to make the turn at Verda and Chelan. The Mercedes turned sideways and went into a yard.

Police found pieces of the car’s trim molding next to a damaged utility box on the 4700 block of Verda Lane Northeast. More than $1,000 in damage was done to both a telephone pole and utility box at that location. The impact damaged the driver’s side of the Mercedes.

While officers were responding to the accident, another call came in about a hit-and-run accident on the 5200 block of River Road.

A vehicle matching the description of Reed’s Mercedes-Benz was seen striking a parked Corolla, causing approximately $200 in damage to the back bumper of the Toyota.

In the course of the investigation it was determined through a breath test Reed’s blood alcohol content was almost three times the legal limit.

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