Police say he crossed all 4 lanes of Hwy. 97, hit another car
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A 32-year-old Prineville man was arrested on drugged and reckless driving charges Tuesday morning after his SUV crossed all four lanes of Highway 97 at Bend’s north end and struck a car, injuring both drivers, then overturned, police said.
Officers responded around 7 a.m. to the reported rollover crash on North Highway 97 near Grandview Drive, Lt. Juli McConkey said.
An investigation determined that Timothy Leahy Jr. of Prineville was heading south on Highway 97 at the wheel of a 2017 Jeep Wrangler when he crossed the travel lanes and struck an oncoming 2003 Honda Accord, McConkey said.
The Jeep rolled and blocked the northbound lanes for about 45 minutes. Bend Fire medics treated both drivers on scene for non-life-threatening injuries; neither required transport to the hospital.
Leahy was arrested on charges of DUII-drugs and reckless driving and booked into the Deschutes County Jail, McConkey said. He was released late Tuesday afternoon to a responsible third party, a jail officer said.
Bend police were assisted at the crash scene by Oregon State Police and ODOT crews, McConkey said.
About 90 minutes before the crash, McConkey said, Leahy’s Jeep was called in to 911 dispatch as a possibly intoxicated or sleepy driver in the area of Northwest 43rd Street and Lower Bridge Way. Sheriff's deputies and OSP troopers were unable to find the vehicle, she said.