News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Aug. 30, 2015, 2:54 p.m.
Photo: Damascus crash
At about 6:50 a.m. on Sunday, August 30, 2015, a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy was involved in an on-duty traffic crash on SE Hwy. 212 near SE Rust Way in Damascus.
The preliminary investigation revealed that an 18-year-old man driving a Subaru sedan was traveling on Hwy. 212 on his way home after staying awake most of the night. The Subaru driver then veered out of his lane and collided with a Sheriff's Office patrol car -- hitting the patrol car near the front driver-side wheel as it traveled in the opposite direction.
The CCSO deputy, Garrett Grimm, was transported to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with a hairline fracture to his left fibula and facial lacerations, likely from glass broken during the crash.
Deputy Grimm has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
Deputy Grimm has worked for the Sheriff's Office as a Patrol deputy since September 2014.
The Subaru driver was also transported to a local hospital as a precaution, but he did not have any apparent injuries.
The crash was witnessed by two other deputies who traveled a short distance behind Deputy Grimm; they rendered care to both drivers until medical personnel arrived.
The investigation revealed that the Subaru driver was not impaired -- but his fatigued driving likely caused him to leave his lane of travel and crash into the patrol car.
The Oregon State Police responded to investigate the crash, and were assisted on scene by Sheriff's Office deputies assigned to the Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT).
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to remind everyone of the dangers of fatigued or drowsy driving, as it has been shown to mimic the effects of impaired driving. More information on fatigued or drowsy driving can be found at the NHTSA website.
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office