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Wrong-way driver jailed in Bend Parkway DUII crash

Semi driver swerved, avoided head-on collision

BEND, Ore. - (Update: Police confirm charge was DUII-alcohol)

A 28-year-old wrong-way driver was arrested and jailed on DUII-alcohol and other charges early Saturday after a crash on the Bend Parkway with a semi-truck whose driver was able to swerve and avoid a head-on collision, police said.

Bend police, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies, Oregon State Police and Bend Fire and Rescue medics responded around 1:30 a.m. to the southbound parkway near Revere Avenue, Sgt. Todd Guthrie said.

Initial information in calls to dispatchers indicated there had been a head-on crash between a car and a semi, Guthrie said.

An investigation determined that Hannah Rebecca Baker was at the wheel of a Saturn Vue heading north in a southbound lane of the parkway when she collided with the semi, driven by a 37-year-old Sacramento resident, the sergeant said.

The truck driver "was able to swerve to avoid a head-on collision with Baker," Guthrie wrote in a news release, "but his truck was still struck and disabled by Baker's vehicle."

Paramedics evaluated both drivers at the scene and neither required further medical attention, Guthrie said.

Baker was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants (alcohol), reckless driving and reckless endangering. She remained at the county jail Saturday morning, held on $15,000 bail.

The crash and investigation closed both southbound parkway lines for about 90 minutes, Guthrie said.


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