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Man Drives Through Construction Zone, Strikes Flagger

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office arrested a Central Point man who they say drove through an active road construction zone on Friday, striking a flagger holding a stop sign.

Posted: Jun. 9, 2018 10:23 AM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – The Jackson County Sheriff's Office arrested a Central Point man who they say drove through an active road construction zone on Friday, striking a flagger holding a stop sign. The flagger received minor injuries but was not transported for medical treatment.

Sheriff's say on June 8, 2018 around 12 p.m. dispatch received a 911 call reporting an incident in the construction zone on Table Rock Road between Airport Road and Hamrick Road. Witnesses later told deputies that a driver, 54-year-old Martin Ward Noland, stopped in the southbound lane and expressed irritation with the traffic control in the construction zone.

Law enforcement says Noland proceeded past the flagger, striking the flagger in the leg with the front of his car and running over the flagger’s stop sign. They say Noland encountered a second flagger holding a stop sign, and continued southbound. Noland was eventually forced to stop due to a construction vehicle in the roadway.

The Sheriff's Office says a Knife River Corporation supervisor spoke with Noland and called 911. Noland proceeded through the construction zone when the roadway was cleared.

Less than an hour later, deputies spotted Noland driving in the area and stopped him at the intersection of Hamrick Road and Biddle Road. Noland was arrested without incident and transported to the Jackson County jail.

Charges at lodging included recklessly endangering a highway worker (two counts), recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving, and harassment. The case will be referred to the district attorney’s office for prosecution.

Anyone who witnessed the Friday incident is asked to call Deputy John Richmond at (541) 774-6800. Refer to case #18-11537.

Deputies remind drivers of the importance of obeying traffic control devices and flaggers in construction zones. 

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