PENDLETON — Oregon State Police reported an intoxicated Pendleton man took a swing at a trooper before ending up in jail.
Trooper Tyler Steele was heading south on Highway 11 at about 3 p.m. Saturday to put a 21-year-old Milton-Freewater man in jail for driving while suspended when he saw a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup almost collide with oncoming traffic.
State police reported the trooper stopped the pickup near milepost 18 and saw “multiple signs of impairment” from the driver, Jack Pearce Mills, 43, of 47275 Short Mile Road, Pendleton.
Mills agreed to a sobriety test, according to state police, and showed more signs of impairment. Steele tried to arrest Mills, and Mills tried to hit Steele.
Another officer responded, and the two police got the cuffs on Mills and arrested him for driving under the influence of intoxicants, recklessly endangering another (there was one passenger in the pickup), resisting arrest, and assault of a public safety officer. Steele took the suspect to the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, where he provided breath samples that showed a blood-alcohol level of .18 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent.
The Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office brought initial charges Monday against Mills and changed the assault of a public safety officer to attempted assault.
Mills remains in the jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond.