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Bend man charged in DUII wrong-way roundabout crash

Officers say 41-year-old Harry Shearer was driving drunk

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A Bend man faces charges of drunk driving and felony hit-and-run after a wrong-way head-on collision Friday afternoon in a southeast Bend roundabout that sent both drivers and a young passenger to the hospital.

Sgt. R.C. Bigelow said the crash happened just before 3:37 p.m. at the new roundabout at Southeast Murphy Road and Southeast 15th Street.

Witnesses said 41-year-old Harry Shearer of Bend was driving a gray Honda sedan, heading southbound on 15th St. They said he tried to speed up and pass a car in front of him.

Bigelow said Shearer was not able to get back into the southbound lane in time, and entered the roundabout going the wrong way.

A 52-year-old Bend woman and a young passenger were in a black Jeep traveling north on 15th Street. Officers said the cars collided head-on in the middle of the roundabout.

"Witnesses told us that right after the crash, our suspect exited his vehicle and then ran out the side of the road and then just kept running from the scene,” said Bend police Sgt. Eric Hagan. “(He) did not stay, did not render aid, or do any of the other things required by law."

An off-duty Bend firefighter-paramedic provided care at the scene to the injured woman, who was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Hagan said an officer found Shearer at 4:03 p.m. about two miles away from the crash scene, near Southeast 27th Street and Stevens Road. The officer tried to contact Shearer, but he ran again. The officer managed to later detain Shearer after he tried to hide in a snow-covered open area.

Hagan said both cars likely were totaled in what he called “a substantial crash.” Both drivers were taken to St. Charles Bend via ambulance to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The young passenger in the Jeep was transported by personal vehicle to the hospital for evaluation.

Shearer was taken to St. Charles Bend for evaluation and issued a citation in lieu of custody on charges of felony hit-and-run, drunken driving and attempting to elude officers.

Bend police assisted at the scene by Bend Fire and Rescue.

"The Bend Police Department would like to thank the citizens that stopped at the traffic crash and provided aid to the injured female and to the citizens that provided information regarding the suspect that assisted with his capture," Bigelow said.

Accidents and Crashes / Bend / Crime And Courts / Deschutes County

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23 Comments

  1. A citation instead of taken into custody??? What the hell is this town becoming? First the police shoot a guy at least 4 times for stealing a car and then let someone go that put several people in danger driving drunk. I’m completely lost on the lack of morals and ethics by the bands finest pd.way to fail.

    1. Police have explained the citation in lieu of custody for injured suspects many times, in news releases we’ve included the language. An officer can be off the street and tied up for some time while someone is in the hospital. Feel free to ask them some time.

    2. This is America dude, not a normal developed country. The dude might not have even been too drunk as he proved he was still able to breathe. And since this is America and he was driving a car, he has the assumed right to do whatever he wants. It’s even better than the second amendment, which doesn’t even guarantee that you can discharge a firearm whenever you want in the city limits. Car’s first, cars forever, and not with all that pollution control stuff Obama wanted! I guarantee, Harry will drive in this town again! So get out of his way!

  2. What a stupid, cowardly act of this man who should never, ever have the privilege of having a driver’s license again. I hope the injured woman sues him for everything he’s got, then hopefully, he won’t be able even afford gas! 🙁

    1. If you don’t like the drunk drivers rights we have in America, move back to Mexico where they make you stay in jail until you’re all paid up. Or Germany where you could lose your absolute right to do whatever you want if you have a car!

    2. Good to hear that the victums had non-life threatening injuries.
      Most people that cause an accident due to a DUII don’t have assets worth suing over since most of their monies were invested in destroying their liver.

  3. These SnowFlakes for driver’s & Law enforcement The State & the Fed’s need to investigate the City of Remond & The City Bend there is something drastically wrong here They don’t enforce State Driving Laws & they don’t get out and patrol like they should even in unmarked cars I think there is corruption going on with The two Cities & the D .A. from the Mayors to the City Council’s to the Police Depts Then this snowFlake does this & don’t go to jail They don’t enforce State parking Law’s SnowFlakes that park the wrong direction of flow of traffic or any A.D.A. Laws even at business’s The Fed’s & The State of Oregon need to investigate big time

    1. I agree 10000 percent. Writing him a ticket instead of an arrest just shows the innocent victims and the community that the bend pd doesnt give a rats ass about them.

    1. Its starting to look like the police only care about harassing people that actually have a life and are a productive member of society. Instead of arresting this man they had to rush to go harass an elderly person that didnt give a turn signal. This crap is out of control.

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