EUGENE, Ore. -- A Central Oregon prosecutor and police chief have denied records to a newspaper seeking details of the drunken-driving arrest of a Eugene police officer.
Eugene police officer Derek DeWitt pleaded no contest to a Sept. 4 drunken driving charge in Sunriver, Ore. He was alleged to be driving with a blood-alcohol content of at least 0.15, or nearly twice the legal limit.
The newspaper argued that the reports from DeWitt's traffic stop clearly fall under Oregon public records law: The report is in the public interest, the newspaper argued, because DeWitt is a police officer sworn to uphold the law.
Deschutes County District Attorney Patrick Flaherty rejected that argument and said DeWitt's arrest merits a public records exception because it is pending litigation.
Eugene police are conducting an internal investigation.