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News Release
Injury Motor Vehicle Crash (Photo) - 04/10/18

Prepared By:  Sergeant. K. Dizney

Date:  4/10/18

Driver:  PRINZING, THOMAS LOWELL 07-30-1991  Age:  26    From:  BEND, OR



On Monday, 040918, at approximately 11:23 PM, Deputies with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office were disptached to a reported injury motor vehicle accident on Powell Butte Highway near milepost 9.  Dispatch reported the driver called in and said he had fallen asleep at the wheel and rolled.  Deputies located the crash at this location and contacted the driver, Thomas Prinzing, trapped inside the vehicle upside down on the north shourlder of the roadway.  Deputies determined that Prinzing had likely fallen asleep at the wheel and no other indications of speed, alcohol, or other distractions were noted. 

The sheriff's office was assisted at the scene by the Bend Fire Department, OSP, Crook County Sheriff's Office and the Bend Police Department.  Powell Butte Highway was closed in both directions for approximately 30 minutes to allow for fire apparatus to work to free Prinzing from the crash.  He was transported to St. Charles Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Photo attached:  1 of upside down vehicle.  Please turn photo to display correctly.  Photo upside down. 

Attached Media Files: IMG_1163.JPG
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