Winter conditions contributed to multiple crashes on state highways in Union County. Most involved only one vehicle, but a wreck at 10:50 a.m. on the eastbound lane of Interstate 84 near milepost 247 involved two cars.

A 22-year-old man from The Dalles was heading east in a Honda Civic when he lost control and the car hit the center barrier before coming to a stop in the road. The driver reported he was trying to get out of the lane when a Hyundai Elantra struck the Honda.

The driver, a 45-year-old woman from Boise, and three children occupied the Hyundai. State police reported she said she saw the car in the middle of the lane and tried to slow down, but there was too much snow on the road.

The cars required tow trucks, but Oregon State Police reported no one was injured in this crash or the others.

Union County Sheriff’s Office arrested Nicholas Steven Martin, 33, of Elgin, for driving while suspended, reckless driving, driving under the influence of intoxicants and two counts of reckless endangering. State court records show Martin has a December 2018 conviction for DUII, which resulted in the suspension of his license and 18 months court-supervised probation.

A caller at 8:37 a.m. reported an attempted burglary at a business on the 200 block of East Beakman Street, Union.

La Grande police at 10:25 a.m. received a report of a juvenile causing a disturbance on the 300 block of Fourth Street. The school resource officer responded and provided options.

An Elgin resdient at 12:25 p.m. reported dogs bothered livestock on the 72200 block of Darr Road.

La Grande police at 1:31 p.m. received a report of a sex crime.

A La Grande caller at 3:43 p.m. reported a burglary at a residence on the 2700 block of Greenwood Street. Police took a report.

La Grande police at about 9 p.m. responded to the parking lot of Bi-Mart, 2510 Adams Ave., on a complaint about several cars spinning cookies in the parking lot. Officers counseled the drivers. A second complaint came in at 9:19 p.m. about a vehicle in the parking lot, but the driver left before an officer arrived.


La Grande police at 3:31 a.m. responded to an assault at Grande Ronde Hospital, 900 Sunset Drive. Police took a report.

Law enforcement and medics at 7:22 a.m. responded to a vehicle crash with a report of an injury at McAlister Lane and Interstate 84, Island City.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office at 7:59 a.m. took a report for a vehicle theft on the 500 block of Fifth Street, North Powder. And four minutes later, emergency agencies responded to Hamilton Road and Booth Lane. Cove, for a semitrailer on fire.

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