Driver arrested after collision with parked police car

Written by Observer staff reports July 04, 2014 07:14 am

A 25-year-old Ontario man was arrested Thursday night by Oregon State Police for driving under the influence and other charges after he collided with a parked Ontario police car that was blocking an intersection where firefighters were handling a fire-related call. 

Police said Jamie Moreno Jr. was visibly intoxicated, belligerent and aggressive toward those present at the scene. The investigation indicated Moreno had taken the car — a 2014 Chevrolet Impala — without the owner's permission. Moreno was arrested and lodged in the Malheur County Jail for DUII, reckless driving, 11 counts of recklessly endangering another person and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Police said the 11 recklessly endangering counts are for the alleged endangerment of two police officers, two firefighters, two passengers in the car and five bystanders who were present when the collision occurred. 

Police said an OPD vehicle was parked with emergency lights activated blocking an intersection when it was struck by the vehicle Moreno was driving.

He was also cited for no operators license and refusing a breath test. 

The damage to the police car did not require towing from the scene.