Portland cops have had string of DUII arrests

Portland cops have had string of DUII arrests

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Posted on September 12, 2011 at 6:10 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 14 at 10:21 AM

PORTLAND -- An off-duty Portland police officer has been arrested for allegedly drunken driving.

This was the third time this summer that a Portland police officer has been arrested and charged with DUII.

In the most recent case, the Clackamas County Sheriff's office said officer Randy Vanderhoof was arrested about 7 p.m. Friday night when a sheriff's deputy noticed him sleeping in his car on Southeast Jennings Avenue off south Highway 99 in Gladstone.

He was taken to the sheriff's office for processing and released with a citation to appear in court, according to Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Vanderhoof is a 19-year veteran of the department's K-9 unit. He has been reassigned to the bureau's Telephone Reporting Unit.

In Sunday's arrest report, Portland Police Chief Michael Reese says his department will hold people who break the law accountable, but also recognize how officers may cope with stress.

"We are holding people accountable for breaking the law and we expect our officers to make good decisions," Reese said. "At the same time, we realize that police work can create tremendous stress and a sense of isolation, which can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms.

As for the other two DUII arrests this summer, authorities said one was an off-duty officer from Portland visiting Tillamook. They did not elaborate on who was arrested in the third case.

Background: Portland officer arrested in Tillamook

Mother Against Drunk Driving spoke out Monday, criticizing the police bureau.

Reese said his staff was working with the Portland Police Association union and a bureau Police Alcohol Recovery Team to make certain officers have access to treatment for alcohol abuse.

Reese has also initiated a study of how other police departments deal with alcohol issues. He recently met with the chiefs of the Seattle and Vancouver B.C. departments to discuss a variety of policing challenges, including alcohol abuse.

Simpson said Reese and the bureau would have no further comment for now.

Portland policeman Sean Sothern, arrested for DUII in Tillamook County in August, faces a court appearance Monday.

Two other Portland policemen were arrested last November, a week apart, for DUII. The outcome of those cases involving Joshua Sparks and John Shadron, was not available Monday.

Sparks was arrested by the Washington State Patrol after he was stopped for speeding. Shadron was arrested by Gresham police after a collision.

 

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