BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- While DUII-related arrests have fallen from last July to this year, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said Monday they have seen an uptick in daytime DUII arrests.
A man who didn't wish to be fully named and works as a substance recovery volunteer shared his thoughts on why that could be happening.
"I think it just has to do with people not feeling a sense of hope," Joey S. said Monday. "There's a lot of hopelessness. I've been very blessed to be involved in volunteering with the recovery community, because there was need that needed to be filled, such as things getting back open and the whole community came together to do it.
"And a lot of people aren't experiencing that type of success or fellowship. A lot of people are just alone out there -- no job, no place, nothing to do," he added.
Comparing statistics between this and last last summer makes for a mixed picture.
Last July, there were 21 alcohol-related DUII arrests by Deschutes County deputies, while this year there were 14, a 30% decline.
But for Crook County deputies, the Fourth Of July holiday week saw an uptick, as there were four DUII arrests this year, compared to one last year.