A drowsy driver was cited Saturday morning when he crashed his vehicle after falling asleep at the wheel and narrowly missing an Oregon State Police (OSP) patrol vehicle and trooper on a traffic stop with a suspected DUII driver along Interstate 84 eastbound lanes two miles west of The Dalles.
On Sept. 22, 2012, at approximately 9:25 a.m., Senior Trooper Thad Routson was on a traffic stop eastbound Interstate 84 near milepost 80 with the driver of a Toyota pickup for speeding. Routson was preparing to exit his OSP Dodge Charger patrol vehicle to conduct field sobriety tests on the pickup's driver when the driver of an eastbound 2000 Ford Focus fell asleep.
The Ford veered onto the right side freeway shoulder toward the two vehicles and struck a fog marker. The Ford narrowly missed the OSP patrol car, driving along its right side and partially on a rocky steep embankment also just missing the Toyota pickup. The Ford came to rest on a pile of rocks along the south side shoulder embankment with heavy front end damage.
Routson assisted the Ford's two occupants following the crash. The driver, Dennis Brenden, 34, from Goldendale, and his female passenger were uninjured.
Routson cited Brenden for careless driving and no operator's license.
Following the crash, Routson completed his investigation regarding the initial traffic stop and subsequently arrested Bryan Creasey, age 38, from Portland for DUII.
OSP was assisted at the crash scene by Wasco County Sheriff's Office.