Driver crashes salmon truck on highway

Oregon state police Lt. Josh Brooks said that the driver who crashed his tanker truck and spilled 11,000 salmon on the McKenzie Highway near Walterville could have been under the influence of alcohol.

According to police reports, the driver, Ray C. Lewis was found to have an initial blood alcohol level of 0.29 percent which is three times the permissible levels under Oregon law and seven times the level for someone driving under a commercial driver’s license. The driver suffered from face and scalp lacerations and a broken shoulder and was taken to a hospital.

The transportation of salmon was actually an effort to save them after a dam malfunction had lowered the water levels in the Department of Fish and Wildlife McKenzie Hatchery. Lewis crashed the vehicle at about 3 pm near Cedar Flat. The tanker truck ended up in a ditch after it veered off the highway and hit a power pole.

Oregon DUI laws

According to Hillsboro Oregon DUI attorneys and the state Driver and Motor Vehicles Services Division, blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.04 percent or higher is considered intoxication for a person using a commercial driver’s license. For a standard passenger vehicle, drivers are liable to be booked if their BAC level is 0.08 percent or higher.

OHS school principal on administrative leave after DUI incident

In another drunken driving incident in Oregon, Kelly Meyers, an Oregon High School principal was put on administrative leave due to her history of being arrested three times for driving under the influence of alcohol this month. This is not the first OHS principal to be arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Earlier in 2008, Chris Ligocki, the principal who preceded Meyers was also booked on DUI charges.

Meyers was arrested on December 1st, 10th, and 11th on DUI charges in Oregon and Fitchburg. She was on medical leave since the beginning of the school year, as reported by the District Superintendent Brian Busier. Placing staff on administrative leave is standard practice for the district when such accusations are made. He said that law enforcement and district officials would conduct the investigation.

According to the superintendent, everyone would get their due process in such situations. The contract has provisions for termination based on breach of contract, which is typically for any conviction in a court of law. The district officials could however make a decision before the conclusion of the legal process.

Busler described Meyers as an exceptional educator. In the previous year, Meyers had worked as OHS associate principal and as principal at Verona Area High School from 1994-2008. She was also the executive associate director at the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators. Meyers was hired as principal in 2012 and holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Loras College and a master’s of administration capstone from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The interim principal Jason Wilhelm, who has been serving as interim principal in Meyers’ absence, will continue in that role through the end of the school year, Busler said.