PENDLETON — Umatilla County Commissioner-elect Dan Dorran was arraigned on a drunken driving charge on Monday, Nov. 23.

Dorran, 65, was arrested Sept. 26 for driving while under the influence of intoxicants in the city of Umatilla after a collision with another vehicle.

In Oregon, the charge is a criminal misdemeanor unless there have been three or more prior DUII convictions in the past 10 years. It is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of $6,250, according to state law.

Dorran pleaded not guilty in Umatilla County Circuit Court.

A Republican, Dorran was elected to the nonpartisan Board of Commissioners, Position 3, on Nov. 3, winning with 45% of the vote. He is to be sworn in Jan. 2, 2021, to a four-year term.

In a public statement after his arrest was being investigated by the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Dorran said he should not have driven after drinking alcohol at a golf event and that he took full responsibility for his actions.

In Umatilla County, a defendant can plead guilty, not guilty or no contest to a charge. If the defendant pleads guilty or no contest, no trial is set and the defendant can be sentenced immediately or at a later date.

If the defendant pleads not guilty, a trial date is set.

A not guilty plea is a routine step in criminal matters and allows more time for both sides to continue investigating the case.

Dorran’s next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 29.

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