A Keizer man was arrested last Saturday night after hitting a parked car, a telephone pole and a utility box.
For good measure Byron E Reed, 38, also drove through two yards and struck his head on a curb while attempting to run from Keizer Police Department officers.
Officers responded to a report of Reed’s 1985 Mercedes Benz 190 driving through two yards and hitting a parked Toyota Corolla on the 1600 block of Chelan Street N.E. Shortly before 10 p.m. on Nov. 17.
Reed stumbled out of his vehicle, fell and struck his head on a curb. He attempted to run from officer Arsen Avetisyan but was quickly caught and taken into custody without incident.
Reed was charged with DUII, hit-and-run property damage, criminal mischief and driving while suspended. He was lodged in the Marion County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail.
A combination of wet conditions, speed and impairment led Reed to be unable to make the turn at Verda and Chelan. The Mercedes turned sideways and went into a yard.
Police found pieces of the car’s trim molding next to a damaged utility box on the 4700 block of Verda Lane Northeast. More than $1,000 in damage was done to both a telephone pole and utility box at that location. The impact damaged the driver’s side of the Mercedes.
While officers were responding to the accident, another call came in about a hit-and-run accident on the 5200 block of River Road.
A vehicle matching the description of Reed’s Mercedes-Benz was seen striking a parked Corolla, causing approximately $200 in damage to the back bumper of the Toyota.
In the course of the investigation it was determined through a breath test Reed’s blood alcohol content was almost three times the legal limit.