Trooper faces DUII in Roseburg crash

The caller told authorities the driver crashed his vehicle and left the scene in a different car.

Posted: Nov 18, 2019 5:00 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2019 5:04 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – An Oregon State Police trooper is on administrative leave, accused of driving into a fence while drunk.

Authorities identified the driver as Senior Trooper Robert Gorman, 49, of Roseburg.

Sgt. Brad O’Dell with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a reported crash in the area of Colonial and Melrose roads in Roseburg just before 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The caller told authorities the driver crashed his vehicle and left the scene in a different car. By the time fire personnel arrived on scene, the driver had returned to the scene, deputies said.

When deputies arrived, they found a 1985 Ford Mustang with heavy damage. It was off the roadway in a nearby fence.

Investigators said Gorman was impaired at the time of the crash. He was taken to the Douglas County Jail. He faces charges of DUII (alcohol) and failure to perform the duties of a driver.

Gorman is on leave pending an internal investigation, OSP officials said.

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