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Man arrested for DUII, animal abuse

Lawrence Simpson, 30, is being charged with animal abuse and other charges after a drunk driving incident that killed his dog.

Posted: Dec 21, 2019 7:10 AM
Updated: Dec 21, 2019 8:48 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A Eugene man was arrested and charged with DUII, animal abuse, and reckless driving early Saturday morning in Springfield.

Lawrence Simpson, 30, is being charged with animal abuse and other charges after a drunk driving incident that killed his dog. 

Springfield police say they responded to a crash on the 4200 block of Franklin Boulevard Saturday morning at around 1:45 a.m.

When they arrived, they found that a car that had severed a light post and cross walk sign before stopping on a nearby sidewalk.

The officers found Simpson partially trapped inside the vehicle.

He was able to get himself out of the car and only had minor injuries.

However, also inside the vehicle was a 10-year-old pitbull named Music.

Music was immediately rushed to an emergency vet hospital but later died from injuries sustained in the crash.

"I think that it is horrible that any dog should have to die in a traffic accident because their owner isn't safe, is drinking, and wasn't paying attention," said Carol Wilson, neighbor near the crash. 

Simpson is being charged with DUII, Reckless Driving, and animal abuse.

"And when you're driving its not just your car and you but its the whole road the whole picture, especially when its a situation like this," said Wilson.

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