Firefighter arrested for DUII after four-vehicle crash near Veneta

Oregon State Police say the firefighter was returning home from a fire when she slammed into three other vehicles.

Posted: Aug 29, 2018 1:07 PM
Updated: Aug 29, 2018 7:00 PM

VENETA, Ore. -- A wildland firefighter is facing DUII and reckless driving charges, accused of slamming into three other vehicles in a construction zone near Veneta Wednesday.

Oregon State Police said the crash happened at about 2:12 a.m. on Highway 126, near milepost 49.

They said Cassidy Ann DeBlois, 25, from Veneta was headed west in a Kia Rio when she hit the back of a Toyota Tacoma that was stopped in a construction zone, causing the Tacoma to hit a Toyota 4Runner, which then hit a Chevrolet pickup.

The construction zone flagger wasn't hurt.

DeBlois was arrested for DUII, reckless driving, five counts of reckless endangering and endangering a highway worker. They said her blood alcohol content was .17 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent.

DeBlois suffered severe injuries in the crash.

Highway 126W was closed for an hour and a half following the crash.

Oregon State Police said DeBlois is a wildland firefighter who was returning from a fire.

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