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Police arrest drunk ATV driver

A hunter who became lost on his all-terrain vehicle (ATV) was arrested Saturday evening after allegedly driving while intoxicated along Highway 26 about nine miles east of Government Camp.

The man was also cited for three other offenses including being a felon in possession of a firearm.

At about 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Recruit Trooper Michael Buck was driving in his marked patrol pickup eastbound on Highway 26 near milepost 64 when he spotted a 1990 Honda ATV stopped on the south shoulder near a pickup. Buck stopped and contacted the driver of the pickup who stated the ATV operator was in the road trying to flag down traffic.

Upon contacting the ATV's operator, James Michael Grand, 49, of Prineville, Buck noted he was extremely intoxicated. Grand stated he was hunting with others when he became lost and ended up on Highway 26.

Further investigation led to the arrest of Grand for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). He was also in possession of a loaded rifle while operating an ATV. Grand was transported to Sandy Police Department for completion of the DUII investigation where he refused to take a breath test.