PENDLETON — Roxy Brook Pridgen of Weston went to jail for driving under the influence of intoxicants but stayed in jail for attempted murder.
Oregon State Police trooper Sean Carothers at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday stopped a Dodge Dakota after a driving complaint on Highway 11 near milepost 9 southbound. Pridgen, 36, admitted taking prescription medication, according to state police, and showed signs of impairment during a sobriety test. The trooper arrested Pridgen for DUII and took her to the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, where her breath sample for alcohol showed 0 percent.
She consented to a drug evaluation, state police reported, and at the end Carothers cited Pridgen for DUII and released her to a sheriff’s deputy, who arrested her for attempted murder and first-degree assault.
Undersheriff Jim Littlefield said Pridgen reportedly has a mental illness and “allegedly tried to poison another person.” He added the sheriff’s office still is investigating the case and will release a statement later.
According to circuit court records, Pridgen tried to kill a relative on Oct. 29. The district attorney’s office charged Pridgen only with attempted murder during an arraignment Monday in Pendleton. Circuit Judge Jon Lieuallen set bail in the case at $250,000.
Pridgen remains in the jail.