A Depoe Bay man received minor injuries and was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) to appear on multiple charges including felony drunk driving following a single vehicle crash Sunday afternoon along Highway 18 west of Grand Ronde. The driver allegedly left the scene and hid from police, but was found about 30 minutes later.
Arrambide was transported by ambulance to North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City with minor injuries, and was later transferred to Good Samariton Regional Medical Center in Corvallis.
About 3:18 p.m. March 11, a 1987 Mercedes driven by David L. Arrambide, 54, of Depoe Bay, was eastbound on Highway 18 near milepost 13 when it went off the eastbound shoulder and struck a tree. Several people who had witnessed the driver’s erratic behavior prior to the crash stopped to help. Arrambide reportedly asked for a ride to avoid the responding police, but when no ride was offered he walked away.
|Arrambide’s Mercedes left Highway 18 and struck a tree; driver was later cited for drunk driving and other charges - OSP photo |
When OSP troopers arrived, they searched for Arrambide for about 30 minutes before they found him a distance away from the crash, hiding in a ditch under some bushes.
Arrambide was cited in lieu of custody by OSP Trooper Mark McDougal on the following charges: felony driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, two counts of reckless endangerment of another person, driving while suspended, and driving without insurance.