Drunk driving suspected in rollover crash that left two children injured

Deputies arrested a local mother following the crash near Central Point on Sunday, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Oct 14, 2019 10:21 AM
Updated: Oct 14, 2019 1:27 PM

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — A local mother faces criminal charges following a rollover crash on Sunday that left her two children injured, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Dispatch received a call reporting the crash in the 2200-block of Kirtland Road near High Banks Road just before 2 p.m. on Sunday. The caller said that one person had been thrown from a white 2008 Toyota Tercel in the crash, JCSO said.

Deputies, troopers from Oregon State Police, and emergency crews from Fire District 3 and Mercy Flights all responded to the scene.

After their arrival, authorities identified the driver of the Tercel as 31-year-old Amanda Leigh Knutson of Gold Hill. Her two sons, ages 6 and 10, were in the car with her. It was the 6-year-old who had been thrown from the vehicle during the crash, JCSO said.

"All occupants were transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with injuries," the agency said. "At the time of this release, the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening."

Knutson faces criminal citations for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), assault in the third degree, recklessly endangering another person, and reckless driving. She remains at the hospital receiving treatment. JCSO said that the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for prosecution.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing, JCSO said. Anyone with information can call Deputy Ponder at (541) 774-6800, reference case #19-21731.

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