EUGENE, Ore. — The wrong-way driver that caused a head-on crash Sunday, closing the Beltline Highway for six hours, was arrested Monday.
Bryan Andrew Bierce, 25, from California, was arrested on two counts of assault in the second degree, DUII and reckless driving. Bierce has been lodged at the Lane County Jail.
The crash happened just before 5 a.m. Sunday, on the east bound lanes of the Beltline Highway near the River Road overpass.
Eugene Police said Bierce was traveling west in the eastbound lanes when he crashed head on with another car. The occupants of the other car, Chanreuang Jones, 58, and Danny Thomas Jones, 60, both of Sandy, received injuries in the crash. Chanreuang Jones was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Danny Thomas Jones and Bierce suffered non life-threatening injuries.
EPD shut down the eastbound lanes of the overpass for six hours while crews investigated the crash. Drivers were re-routed off of the highway at River Road, causing traffic to back up for miles.
Investigators said when crashes like this happen, they only have one shot to get all of the evidence collected, which is why police kept the highway closed for hours.
“Once you open the road up, especially with ODOT we can’t go back in and close the road down and redo it, so it’s easier just to hold it the first time and get everything you need instead of trying to go back at a later time,” said Dale Dawson, EPD crash investigator.