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Driver With 'Not Drunk, Avoiding Potholes' Sticker Arrested For Driving Over Limit

Claire Reid

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Driver With 'Not Drunk, Avoiding Potholes' Sticker Arrested For Driving Over Limit

Featured Image Credit: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

A man who had a 'Not Drunk, Avoiding Potholes' sticker on the back of his car has been arrested for drunk driving after he backed into a police car during a traffic stop.

The incident happened at around 11pm on Saturday 6 February when a deputy in Clackamas County, Oregon, saw a car speeding.

The deputy pulled over driver Jeffery Dewayne Cannon, 41, and asked the driver to turn off his car, but instead it ended up rolling backwards into the parked up patrol car.

Credit: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Credit: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

In a statement Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said: "Just before 11pm on Saturday night, Feb. 6, a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Patrol deputy was traveling eastbound on Highway 26, near Sandy, on his way to a welfare check in Government Camp, when he noticed a fast-moving red Volkswagen Jetta rapidly approaching from behind. The Jetta was clearly speeding.

"The deputy pulled his marked patrol car to the right lane to see if the Jetta would pass him.

"The vehicle did in fact pass the patrol car - at a speed estimated between 80 and 90 mph.

"The deputy activated his emergency lights. The Jetta pulled over.

"As the deputy walked up to contact the driver, the deputy called out to the driver to turn off his car. The driver didn't respond.

"Instead, the Jetta rolled backward about 25 feet - only coming to a stop when it hit the front of our patrol car.

Credit: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Credit: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

"The deputy could smell the odour of an alcoholic beverage coming from the inside of the car. He noticed an open can of Busch Light in the Jetta's cupholder."

A search of the car revealed 'several empty beer cans' and a small bag in the centre console that allegedly contained cocaine.

The statement added: "Cannon performed a field sobriety test.

"When asked how he thought he did, Mr. Cannon responded, "Not good." (However, Mr. Cannon also pegged himself as a "4" on a scale of 1-10 measuring how intoxicated he was.)

"Cannon later provided a breath sample, measuring .22 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC)."

The legal blood alcohol concentration limit in Oregon is .08 percent.

Credit: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Credit: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

Cannon admitted he was carrying a concealed Glock handgun and when he handed it over to the deputy, he noticed it didn't have a serial number.

The sheriff's office learned that Cannon was a convicted felon and had a suspended driving licence.

Cannon was arrested and now faces numerous charges including felon in possession of a firearm, driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance.

Bail has been set at $15,000 (£10,800).

Topics: US News, crime

Claire Reid
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