BEND, Ore. - An Alfalfa-area woman was arrested on drunken driving charges early Saturday, accused of crashing into a parked car on a northeast Bend street while eating a burrito, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies said.
Around 12:30 a.m., a citizen alerted a deputy on patrol about a nearby crash in the 800 block of Locksley Drive, Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp said.
The deputy found that a 2018 Subaru Crosstrek driven by Angela Lorraine Harley,. 40, had crashed into a parked, unoccupied 2007 BMW X3, he said. Harley was uninjured and there were no pedestrians in the area, but Vander Kamp said both vehicles sustained significant damage.
Harley was arrested on a DUII-alcohol charge and booked into the Deschutes County Jail, where a jail officer said she was released to a responsible party around 3:30 a.m.
Vander Kamp said it's believed her imapirment was compounded by distracted driving. When asked, Vander Kamp said, "We have no information about the source of the burrito. It was destroyed upon impact and was spread throughout the car’s interior."
"Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system — anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving," Vander Kamp said in a news release.
The sergeant noted that sheriff's deputies made four DUII arrests Friday night and early Saturday while other agencies made two more, for a total of six such arrests in the county in one night.
"The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office reminds our residents and visitors; Don’t drink and drive," Vander Kamp wrote.
"There are several simple transportation solutions we should all remember to use as we enter the spring and summer seasons. There are plenty of reasons to celebrate while recreating in Deschutes County, but when the celebration leads to inebriation, it is time to find a ride home instead of climbing behind the wheel," the sergeant concluded.