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News Release
Driver Falls Asleep Crashing into Parks and Recreation Building - 06/07/23

Released By: Sergeant Jason Wall

Release Date: June 7, 2023

Location: 16000 Block of 1st Street, La Pine

Driver: Paul Nathaniel Carter, 52-year-old male, La Pine

Charges: Driving While Suspended-Violation, Careless Driving



On June 7, 2023, at 10:18 am, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an unknown injury motor vehicle crash at the Parks and Recreation building on 1st Street in La Pine.

Initial reports detailed a vehicle had crashed into the building and the driver was not exiting. Reporting people on scene advised the driver did not appear to be injured, however would need assistance exiting the vehicle.

La Pine Fire/Medics arrived to assist deputies with the crash. During the course of the investigation, it was determined the driver was not under the influence of intoxicants. The driver advised he must have fallen asleep and was not able to negotiate the roadway, crashing into the building.

The driver was issued citations as a result of the crash, however, was not injured.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Street Crimes, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves 210,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 265 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 195 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

Attached Media Files: 1 street crash , 1 street crash , 1 street crash
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