Deputies investigate DUII crash involving off-duty police officer

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Monday, April 25, 2016, 10:56 p.m.


At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016, deputies with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and Happy Valley Police Department responded to a traffic crash near the intersection of SE 172nd Ave. and SE Big Timber Ct. in Happy Valley.

Callers were reporting that a black-colored car had been driving at a high rate of speed when it collided with a red pickup and rolled over.

Deputies arrived on-scene with medical personnel from Clackamas Fire District #1 to render aid and begin an investigation into the crash.

Deputies learned the black-colored car was owned by the city of Portland. The vehicle was operated by Daniel Chastain, who is currently employed by the City of Portland as a police officer.

Initial indications revealed excessive speed and alcohol as possible contributing factors to the crash.

The Clackamas County Crash Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

Deputies conducted a thorough DUII investigation and developed probable cause to believe Mr. Chastain had been operating his vehicle while intoxicated.

Mr. Chastain was placed under arrest for DUII and transported to a local hospital for medical evaluation as a precaution.

Mr. Chastain was subsequently cited and released on four charges: DUII -- Alcohol, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree.

The case will be submitted to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for review.

Three Clackamas County cities -- Damascus, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.


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Contact Info:
Deputy Hayden Sanders
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office