Man arrested after almost striking a highway worker with his car
SHADY COVE — The Jackson County Sheriff's Office arrested a Trail man Tuesday afternoon on several charges after a motor vehicle crash on Highway 62 near Old Ferry in Shady Cove.
Richard Stephan Mori, 64, of the 9000 block of Elk Creek Road, was arrested on charges of driving under influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, endangering a highway worker and harassment.
Deputies responded to a call of a motor vehicle crash at 3:32 p.m. after Mori's vehicle, a white 1998 Ford F-150 pickup, rear-ended a logging truck and a passenger vehicle that were at a stop due to the work zone. The highway, an undergoing enhancement project by Oregon Department of Transportation, only had one lane open with flaggers direct traffic while construction crews working in the other lane.
According to the press release, Mori got out of his car and became "confrontational" by pushing one of the other drivers. He also threatened to shoot one to them. According to the press release, no weapon was seen.
As he drove away, Mori nearly struck a flagger in the highway work zone, the press release shows. He was then located by a deputy on Rogue River Drive at Orchard Lane. He was taken into jail after a traffic stop.
At the jail, deputies also issued citations for refusing a breath test, careless driving and driving with an open container of alcohol.
Jackson County Sheriff said in the press release Mori was not charged with a "hit and run" because there was no visible damage to the involved vehicles.
— Reach reporter Tran Nguyen at 541-776-4485 or email@example.com.