JACKSON COUNTY, Ore.-- Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies arrested 14 people for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) during a 19-day holiday saturation patrol period. Deputies said of the 14 people arrested, four were involved in motor vehicle crashes and ten were contacted during traffic stops.
From December 13 to 31, 2018, deputies focused their patrols on rural roadways in an effort to spot drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said grant funding allows for extra deputies on the road to enforce impaired driving laws without taking away from response to normal calls for service.
Because the designated saturation period ended on December 31, the above statistics do not include arrests made after midnight on New Year’s Day.
Deputies did respond to three crashes on the morning of January 1, 2019, that each resulted in a DUII arrest:
In one case, deputies say they came across a vehicle that had crashed into a bank of mailboxes and came to a stop partially in Rock Way. Deputies say the driver, 26-year-old Medford man Sean Lee Lansing, was unconscious and behind the wheel with the vehicle still in gear. He was found to be uninjured but heavily impaired. He provided a breath sample, which deputies say showed a blood alcohol level of 0.19%. He was arrested and charged with a felony DUII and misdemeanor driving while suspended (DWS). He was also cited for driving with an open container of alcohol.
The next grant-funded DUII saturation patrols are planned for the weekend of Super Bowl Sunday – February 1 to 4, 2019. Deputies say it’s never too soon to plan ahead to avoid impaired driving.