A Sisters woman is now facing drunken and reckless driving charges after speeding through Redmond on Friday afternoon and crashing into two parked cars. One of those cars went on to hit another vehicle.
Redmond Police and Fire & Rescue personnel arrived at the intersection of Cascade Avenue and Southwest Sixth Street just after 3 p.m.
Lt. Curtis Chambers said investigators discovered that a Toyota 4Runner driven by 28-year-old Ashley Clary side-swiped a Ford Pickup that was parked on Northwest Sixth Street, near Greenwood Avenue.
He said Clary continued south into downtown Redmond while allegedly driving at close to 50 miles per hour in a 20mph zone. At that time, the sidewalks were packed with diners and afternoon shoppers and many of the parking spots on the street were occupied.
Clary’s vehicle later swerved to the left and she rear-ended a parked GMC Terrain. Chambers said the impact of the collision sent the GMC into a tree then across Cascade Avenue where it hit a parked Toyota Corolla.
Meanwhile, the 4Runner came to a stop on the sidewalk. Clary suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Charles Redmond. While there, she was arrested and charged with reckless driving, DUII-alcohol, second-degree criminal mischief, and misdemeanor hit-and-run.
In a news release, Lt. Chambers said Clary was released with a citation to appear in Deschutes County Circuit Court because of medical reasons.
The police department used the opportunity to remind everyone that impaired drivers continued to be on the streets even though the holiday season was over. The lieutenant appealed to impaired individuals not to drive and urged those who saw potentially impaired motorists to report it to law enforcement.
He said the community was fortunate that no pedestrians were injured.
If you have been accused of driving while under the influence of intoxicants, reach out to a Portland DUI attorney.