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Bend man cited for leaving scene of crash into power pole

Deschutes Market Road crash 2-6
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
Deschutes County sheriff's deputies, others on scene of Deschutes Market Road crash late Wednesday night

(Update: Driver identified, cited)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A Bend man who left the scene of a crash into a power pole on Deschutes Market Road north of Bend late Wednesday night has been cited for failure to perform the duties of a driver, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies said Friday.

The investigting deputy contacted Dayne Bondurant, 32, at a home on Thursday and issued the citation, Sgt. Grant Johnstone said.

Online court records show Bondurant was cited Jan. 11 for refusing to take a test for intoxicants.

Bondurant was alone in the car at the time of the crash and sustained minor injuries, Sgt, William Bailey said Thursday.

Deputies responded around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday to a report that a silver car had hit a power pole on Deschutes Market Road near Dale Road, Sgt. Grant Johnstone said earlier Thursday.

They arrived to find a silver 1997 BMW 318 had slid off the road and struck a power pole on its left side, Johnstone said.

“The impact was significant and the vehicle was completely immobilized,” the sergeant said in a news release. “The roadway was not icy at the time and weather was not a factor."

Deputies and Bend Fire Department EMS personnel searched the area for any occupants, using K-9s and a thermal drone to assist, but without success. “The force of the impact suggested that he may be injured,” Johnstone said.

Consolidated Towing removed the car from the scene and Central Electric Cooperative crews responded to evaluate the damage to the power pole.

“The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to determine the identity of the driver to ascertain their welfare and discuss the incident,” Johnstone said before the driver was found.

Central Oregon / News

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  1. There are so many irresponsible people these days they don’t follow the Laws They don’t obey Law Enforcement They shouldn’t even drive ever This clown/ snowflake should go to the grey bar hotel for a minimum of a year

    1. Better yet, 20 hours per week or weekend, community service, picking up trash along roadway for the year. why should tax payer pay for this A$$ **** to sit in jail for the year.

  2. I think that if you are injured in a wreck- time may be of the essence- if you can self rescue- and that requires wandering off to find help- so be it !

    I think this is why we have court judges- anyone seeking medical attention should not be confined to lay there and possibly die of internal injuries inside a car. if one has the mental capacity to seek help- do it. We’ll deal with the fall-out of leaving a broken power line later.

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