This is an older trending read, but it is a good one to look back on and reflect on how our First Responders do so much to protect us. These First Responders risk so much, even though they know the sacrifice, they still do what they do, and they never know when they will have to put their own life at risk one day to save yours. A Missoula, Montana man named Logan Raye Deuel-Clinkenbeard, 28 is sitting in a Baker County Jail on multiple charges after he drove the wrong way on a curvy section of Interstate I-84 before being stopped by an Oregon State Police Trooper Friday afternoon, March 12.
Oregon State Police dispatch received several calls about a driver in a silver sedan going the wrong way at about 2 p.m. on I-84 near milepost 342, which is between Huntington and Weatherby. The caller said the driver was headed west in one of the eastbound lanes.
A post on Facebook by the Oregon State Police said that dispatchers received dozens of calls at 1:59 p.m. reporting a silver sedan traveling westbound on eastbound Interstate 84 near milepost 342. Within minutes, Senior Trooper Andrew McClay located the vehicle, a Toyota Camry, and positioned his Ford Expedition police cruiser in the oncoming lane to block the car. The moment of impact was recorded by a nearby Tesla, whose owner has since shared the footage online.
Facebook post from Oregon State Police.
Sr. Trooper Andrew McClay located the driver and without hesitating put his own life on line to save others on the road by colliding with the driver side of the silver sedan near milepost 327 on I-84. Trooper Andrew nailed the maneuver so well that he was unharmed and was able to exit his totaled Police SUV and safety cuff Logan Raye Deuel-Clinkenbeard.
A video from another driver catches the moment Trooper McClay going head-on with Deuel-Clinkenbeard on Interstate I-84 in Baker County.
Watch the video below, and then read below to see statements from OSP on the full conditions of OSP Officer McClay and the other driver.
Watch the video below.
The Following information below is based on Police Statements.
Sr. Trooper Andrew McClay was transported to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City where he was evaluated for his injuries and released.
The driver, Logan Raye Deuel-Clinkenbeard, 28, suffered minor injuries, and was taken to a hospital for treatment and evaluation. The officer also was taken to the hospital, and later released.
The driver of the 2011 Toyota Camry sedan; Deuel-Clinkenbeard is being charged with second degree attempted assault, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
In a document filed on Monday, March 15 in Baker County Circuit Court in support of a motion seeking to release Deuel-Clinkenbeard to either his father or on conditions set by the Court, the father said that his son has "severe mental health conditions for which we have been seeking treatment." The document also states that Deuel-Clinkenbeard has no prior criminal history and "needs consistent mental health treatment."
With a head-on crash like this, it is miracle that both the Officer and Driver were able to walk away from the crash to be able to see their family again.
This article was first on Gear Head on May 1, 2021