Starting Friday June 24, 2016 and running through Sunday June 26, 2016, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol will be participating in a nationwide crackdown on boating under the influence during Operation Dry Water. River Patrol deputies will be on the lookout for boat operators who have had a little too much alcohol, as part of the national "Operation Dry Water" education and enforcement initiative.
Held in June just prior to the Fourth of July holiday, Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence (BUI) detection and enforcement aimed at reducing the number of alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities and fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water.
Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents; where the primary cause was known, it was listed as the leading factor in 21% of deaths according to U.S. Coast Guard Recreational Boating Statistics 2014. Whether a person is operating a car on the road, or a boat on the water, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal and can lead to serious consequences for operators and passengers alike.
BUI is illegal. Operating a recreational vessel with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher exceeds the Oregon state limit of .08. If you are found to be impaired and operating a boat, you will be arrested.
Boating under the influence also applies to drugs. Even some prescription medications can make operating a recreational vessel unsafe. Check with your doctor about the effects of any medications you may be taking.
Alcohol can impair a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion.
Sun, wind, noise, vibration and motion -- "stressors" common to the boating environment -- intensify the effects of alcohol, drugs and some medications.
BUI continues to be a major problem in the U.S. A boat operator or even passengers with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit run a significantly increased risk of being involved in a fatal boating accident. When impaired by alcohol, boating accidents are more probable and more deadly for both passengers and boat operators, many of whom capsize their vessel or simply fall overboard.
The nationwide awareness and enforcement campaign, Operation Dry Water, is a partnership of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Marine Board, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard with a mission of putting an end to impaired boating. The goal of Operation Dry Water is to raise awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence and to reduce the number of accidents and deaths attributed to impaired boating.
For more information, visit www.operationdrywater.org.
Update: The suspect is identified as Stanley Wilson II, Age 33, of Portland, OR. Wilson was arrested on charges of Attempted Burglary I x 2 and Trespassing I x 2. Wilson remains in the hospital. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are expected.
Case information regarding the shooting investigation will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.
Further updates will be provided when more information is available for release.
At 3:51 p.m. on Wednesday June 22, 2016 Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputies and Portland Police officers responded to 4900 SW Humphrey Blvd. in Portland, OR after the homeowner called 911 reporting he had shot a person trying to break in through a window in the backyard into his home. Officers arrived on scene and instructed the homeowner to come out through the front of the home leaving his firearm at the front of the home. The homeowner complied and was met by officers in the driveway of his home. MCSO Deputies and additional Portland Police units arrived and located the suspect in a water fountain in the backyard. The suspect was suffering from a gunshot wound and was completely naked when officers took him into custody. The suspect was transported to the hospital by AMR with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office detectives, District Attorney's office and forensics personnel have arrived on scene and are conducting the investigation. Case information will be forwarded to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for review.
Further updates will be provided when more information is available.
The pedestrian safety mission scheduled for tomorrow (6/16) has been postponed and is now scheduled to occur at the same location and times on Thursday June 30, 2016.
The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office will commence "Operation Undercover Crossing" on Thursday June 16th, from 8:00 am until 12:00pm. Thursday's operation will take place in the area of 102nd south of Prescott in the community of Maywood. This will be the second of several pedestrian safety enforcement missions conducted by the Sheriff's Office this summer.
The focus of this detail is to raise pedestrian safety awareness of drivers and pedestrians through education and enforcement of pedestrian right of way laws. Both pedestrians and drivers will be observed during this mission.
Approximately 75% of motor vehicle -- pedestrian car crashes are due to driver miscalculations when yielding to a pedestrian crossing the street. In 2015, there were 76 pedestrian fatalities in the State of Oregon. 15 of the state's pedestrian fatalities occurred in Multnomah County.
According to Oregon law, drivers are required to stop for a pedestrian trying to cross in a crosswalk until the pedestrian reaches the sidewalk, or is at least one lane past the lane where the driver has stopped. Failing to stop or remain stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk is a Class B traffic violation punishable by a fine of $260.
Passing a vehicle stopped at a pedestrian crosswalk is also a Class B traffic violation, also punishable by a fine of $260.
Funding from Oregon Impact Pedestrian Safety Mini-Grant and the Oregon Department of Transportation Safety Division has made Operation Undercover Crossing possible.
If you have questions about this operation or would like to ride along with deputies during the event, please call the MCSO PIO.
On Thursday June 9, 2016 at approximately 7:45 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office River Patrol deputies and Portland Fire Bureau units responded to the report of a body seen in the Willamette River by a passerby just north of the Hawthorne Bridge near the west seawall. Portland Fire units arrived in the area and confirmed the report locating the body near the seawall. MCSO River Patrol units arrived and recovered the body of a deceased adult male shortly after 8:00 a.m. The body was transported to PFB Station 21. The Medical Examiner was notified and responded. An MCSO detective responded and the investigation was turned over to PPB for follow up. The body has been turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office.
No additional information is being released at this time pending family notifications.
On Thursday June 9, 2016 at approximately 12:40 a.m. MCSO Deputies responded to BOEC broadcast information regarding three vehicles racing back and forth near Multnomah Falls. MCSO Deputies responded to check the area and an MCSO Deputy exiting from eastbound I-84 at Rooster Rock spotted three vehicles westbound on I-84 who were possibly involved. Another responding MCSO unit pulled off at a gravel access point near milepost 20 and was able to obtain a speed on one of the vehicles of 123 mph as they passed his location. The MCSO Patrol Unit activated his emergency lights and pulled out after the racers but was unable to catch up to the vehicles as they raced westbound on I-84. One of the vehicles involved took exit 18 as the other two continued westbound on I-84 taking exit 17 where the MCSO unit lost sight of the vehicles. A Fairview patrol officer checking the area located a vehicle matching the description of one of the involved vehicles and conducted a traffic stop on Marine Drive. The driver of the vehicle (2014 silver Dodge Charger), Angel Eduardo Canseco, Age 24, of Portland, OR involvement was confirmed and he was taken into custody. A second vehicle (2016 Ford Focus) involved was located nearby a short time later and was also confirmed as one of the vehicles involved. The driver, Oliver Reyes-Zaragoz, Age 24, of Portland, OR was also taken into custody.
As the two drivers were being taken into custody a report came out of an injury crash at Exit 18 off westbound I-84. Deputies responded to the crash scene and confirmed the vehicle involved, a 2007 silver Dodge Charger, was the third vehicle involved in the speed racing activity earlier. It appeared the vehicle exited at a high rate of speed at Exit 17 and failed to negotiate the turn, going airborne over the onramp to westbound I-84, then rolled/tumbled through the grass and over the road and guardrail crashing down the side embankment shedding vehicle parts along the way, including the engine. The driver, Carlos Joshua De Jesus, Age 22, of Portland, OR along with three passengers also in the vehicle were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The East County Vehicular Crimes Team conducted the accident investigation due to the driver fleeing and injuring his passengers in the subsequent crash.
All three drivers have been arrested and were lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center on multiple charges. The involved vehicles were impounded and towed. Booking photos are available on our website at www.mcso.us
Angel Eduardo Canseco -- Reckless Driving, Attempting to Elude -- while Driving Motor Vehicle, Organizing Speed Racing Event.
Oliver Reyes-Zaragoz -- Reckless Driving, Attempting to Elude -- while Driving Motor Vehicle, Organizing Speed Racing Event.
Carlos Joshua De Jesus -- Attempting to Elude -- while Driving Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endanger x 3, Assault III x 2, Organizing a Speed Racing Event.
The investigation is ongoing at this time. There have been a number of speed racing issues lately on I-84 and on the Historic Columbia River Hwy. MCSO will continue to emphasize enforcement to curtail these illegal activities.
Photos attached from vehicle crash scene.
On Monday May 30, 2016 at approximately 10:52 a.m. Multnomah County Sheriff's Office received a report of four to five vehicles that were stopped in traffic eastbound I-84 near the Corbett exit and were setting up to race. The initial arriving deputy was not able to locate any of the racers, however could smell an odor of burning rubber.
While checking the area for the racers, the deputy spotted two vehicles entering westbound I-84 from Rooster Rock at a high rate of speed. An MCSO traffic unit set up further westbound and was able to confirm one of the vehicles top speed was 116 mph. The driver identified as Philip D'Avanzo, Age 38, of Troutdale, OR was issued several citations: 116/65, Speed Racing, Reckless Driving and Disorderly Conduct.
The second vehicle involved was believed to have been doing about 106 mph before it fell behind D'Avanzo's vehicle. The driver Christopher Rocklin, Age 43, of Portland, OR who had a passenger in his vehicle was arrested on charges of Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering and Disorderly Conduct. Rocklin was transported and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.
D'Avanzo was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette with a Go Pro mounted on the rear passenger side of the vehicle. The Go Pro was seized as evidence. Rocklin was driving a 2002 Pontiac Firebird. Both vehicles were towed.
MCSO traffic deputies continue to aggressively patrol the I-84 corridor in the Columbia Gorge to deter this illegal and dangerous activity.