Prineville man charged in Hwy. 126 DUII hit-and-run

Driver later 'matrixed' out of jail

By KTVZ.COM news sources
POSTED: 10:15 PM PST December 3, 2012    UPDATED: 10:28 PM PST December 3, 2012 
Hwy. 126 hit-run crash; Brian Jahn
PRINEVILLE, Ore. -

Oregon State Police arrested a Prineville man Monday evening on DUII, reckless driving and hit-and-run charges, accused of running a stop sign on Highway 126 and crashing into a stopped semi, then backing into an SUV and stopping only briefly before trying to drive away.

Brian Jahn, 41, was booked into the Crook County Jail, but released Monday night under the jail’s matrix formula due to overcrowding, a jail officer said.

Around 5:50 p.m., a 1995 Chevrolet pickup towing a utility trailer loaded with a golf cart was heading north on SW George Millican Road when it failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with Highway 126, about a mile west of Prineville, said OSP Sgt. Keith Taylor.

Jahn’s pickup crashed into the driver side of a commercial truck stopped in a turn lane, Taylor said. After the first impact, Jahn tried to back up, but then struck the front of a 2007 Chrysler Aspen SUV driven by an unidentified woman, the sergeant said.

The crashes caused no injuries, Taylor said.

Jahn initially stopped after the second collision, and got out to talk with the SUV’s driver, Taylor said. However, when that driver asked for his license, Jahn got back in the pickup and drove away, Taylor added.

An OSP senior trooper patrolling in the area saw the pickup leave and stopped it a short distance from the crash scene, Taylor said.

An investigation led OSP to arrest Jahn on charges of DUII, reckless driving, misdemeanor hit and run – property damage, and two counts of recklessly endangering another person, Taylor said. He also was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device.

OSP was assisted at the scene by the Crook County Sheriff’s Office, Prineville Police Department and Crook County Fire and Rescue.