Elderly woman cited and released for DUII in Eugene after medical episode

Troopers determined the source of the poor driving was a medical episode. Officials say further investigation revealed she had a medical BAC of 0.146%.

Posted: Aug 29, 2021 9:12 AM
Updated: Aug 29, 2021 10:00 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched to the report of a vehicle failing to maintain its lane while traveling southbound on Interstate 5 from milepost 226.

The incident occurred around 7:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Officials located the vehicle and observed driving behavior consistent with the complaint and initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle was slow to yield, but ultimately yielded on the offramp at milepost 191.

The driver was an elderly female. Troopers determined the source of the poor driving was a medical episode.

Medics responded to the scene and transported the driver to the RiverBend Hospital due to severe confusion and memory gaps.

A community caretaking tow was summoned to avoid vandalism or theft of the vehicle.

While at RiverBend Hospital, investigation revealed she had a medical BAC of 0.146%. Officials said the driver provided consent for a legal blood draw.

According to OSP, the driver was cited and released for DUII and Reckless Driving.

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