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State reports three fatal crashes over Christmas holiday weekend

Posted: Friday, Dec 28th, 2012

Drivers lost control of their vehicles over the holiday weekend and were charged with driving under the influence. Both drivers were alone, and both left the scenes of the accidents. Photos courtesy of Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue

Close to home the roads were fairly quiet over the weekend preceding and days surrounding Christmas, according to Florence Police Chief Ray Gutierrez on Thursday.

Two single-vehicle accidents, however, resulted in two arrests for driving under the influence of intoxicants. On Saturday afternoon, Dec. 22, Oregon State Police responded to a call about a pickup rolled over along Highway 101, near Woahink Lake Suites. Witnesses told the trooper that they saw the driver extricate himself from the vehicle and head into the brush on foot. The trooper searched the area and found a male who had injuries consiste nt with an auto accident. James Bradford Jr., age 42, was arrested and charged with DUII, reckless driving and failure to report a crash.

For the complete article see the 12-29-2012 issue.

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