Klamath detective accused of stealing fentanyl, crashing car on duty
A Klamath Falls Police detective has been arrested on accusations he caused a multi-vehicle crash on duty while under the influence of stolen drug evidence.
Thomas Dwayne Reif, 27, was booked in the Klamath County Jail Tuesday on a string of controlled substance, impaired driving and official misconduct charges surrounding a crash in his unmarked police cruiser while on opioids just before 4 p.m. Nov. 27, according to a release from Oregon State Police, the agency handling the criminal investigation.
Witnesses told OSP they saw Reif driving the 2013 Dodge Avenger erratically prior to the crash at South Sixth Street and Crater Lake Parkway in Klamath Falls, and paramedics found Reif not conscious and not breathing at the scene of the crash.
Reif was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls and stabilized, according to a press release from OSP. No other injuries were reported in the crash.
Over the weekend, evidence analyzed at an OSP crime lab allegedly determined that Reif was under the influence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl at the time of the crash, according to the OSP release. Investigators believe that Reif obtained the drug from evidence in “an unrelated case in the course of his duties.”
Reif was arrested Tuesday on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person, first-degree official misconduct, tampering with evidence and possessing fentanyl.
Klamath County Jail records showed that as of Tuesday afternoon, Reif was no longer an inmate.
Reif resigned from the police department Dec. 1 while on administrative leave and in the midst of an internal affairs investigation, according to a Klamath Falls Police Department Facebook post.
The police department stated that it is cooperating with OSP in the criminal investigation, and that the police department will cooperate with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training as the state agency determines whether Reif will be able to work as a law enforcement officer elsewhere in Oregon.
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