Hood River Co. Sheriff's Office
Man in Critical Condition After Fall From Moving Vehicle (Photo)
HOOD RIVER, ORE. - On Sunday, May 24, 2015, deputies were dispatched to Highway 281 near Airport Road after witnesses reported a man laying face down in the ditch. Upon arrival, the responding deputy found that passersby were rendering aid to the male subject, who was suffering from severe injuries. The man, later identified as Steven Ray Ram, 40, of Hood River, was transported by ambulance from the scene to Providence Hood River Hospital.
It was quickly determined that Ram had been a passenger in a northbound vehicle operated by 25 year old Audrey Josephine Muehlhausen of Hood River. As the vehicle was moving, Ram had fallen out of the car in some manner.
Muehlhausen was later arrested at Providence Hood River Hospital and lodged at NORCOR on charges of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants - Alcohol and Reckless Driving.
Ram was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, where he remained in critical condition Sunday night.
The cause of Ram's exit from the moving vehicle is still undetermined and is under investigation.
SUV Crashes Into House; Driver Arrested (Photo)
Zachary Jon Struthers
CASCADE LOCKS, ORE. - On Saturday May 23, 2015, just after 10 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence on Clark St., near the corner of Forest Lane in Cascade Locks, on a report of a single vehicle crash. Upon arrival, the responding deputy noted an SUV had careened into the home of a Cascade Locks family, narrowly missing an occupant that was seated next to the impact. There were five people inside the residence at the time of the impact, all were unharmed.
The vehicle caused significant property damage at three other residences located on Forest Lane, passing through at least two fences, before coming to rest partially imbedded in the residence. The impact caused notable damage to the house and the vehicle could not be immediately removed.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as twenty-six year old Zachary Jon Struthers of Cascade Locks. Struthers was ultimately transported to NORCOR where he was lodged on charges of DUII - Controlled Substance, Reckless Driving, five counts of Recklessly Endangering and an outstanding Lane County warrant.
A contractor was called to the scene of the crash to ensure the residence was structurally stable prior to removing the vehicle. After 6 p.m., the Land Rover that Struthers had been operating, was removed from the residence.
Memorial Weekend Patrol Increase - 05/11/15
HOOD RIVER, ORE, - The Hood River County Sheriff's Office will increase traffic patrols for the upcoming memorial holiday weekend. The Sheriff's Office receives grant funds to increase patrols for both DUII and seatbelt enforcement through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Oregon Department of Transportation. Our goal is to reduce traffic crashes and increase safety through high visibility enforcement. The Sheriff's Office urges everyone to drive with care, wear a safety belt and to please not drive when using substances that impair, including prescription medication, alcohol, marijuana or any other impairing substance. Please report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911.