Sheriff's deputy injured in crash
Mac man faces DUII, other charges
Nov 22, 2013
DAYTON — A Yamhill County Sheriff's Office deputy was injured Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash west of Dayton at the intersection of Fletcher Road and Lafayette Highway.
A McMinnville man faces numerous charges, including driving under the influence of intoxicants, as a result of the crash.
At the request of the sheriff's office, the Oregon State Police is investigating the incident. It gave this account of the 1:42 p.m. crash:
A marked 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by Deputy Josh Eckroth, 29, was northbound on Lafayette Highway traveling 55 mph and approaching the Fletcher Road intersection.
A southbound 1997 Ford van driven by Steven Jay Mares, 40, of McMinnville, abruptly turned left from Lafayette Highway toward Fletcher Road and into the path of Eckroth's patrol vehicle. The deputy attempted to avoid the crash but the two vehicles collided almost head-on.
Both drivers were transported by McMinnville Fire Department ambulance to the Willamette Valley Medical Center. Eckroth sustained minor injuries and Mares serious injuries. They were both wearing seat belts and the air bags in their vehicles deployed.
Mares was charged with one count each of third-degree assault, DUII, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person. He was cited to appear in circuit court.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the sheriff's office. Dayton fire medical personnel also responded. An Oregon Department of Transportation crew rerouted traffic while the investigation took place and the scene was cleared.
Lafayette Highway was closed for about 1 1/2 hours.
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