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Deputy hits bike, arrests rider for DUII

Call it a case of adding insult to alleged injury.

A Multnomah County sheriff’s deputy arrested a Gresham bike rider for drunken driving after hitting the man with his patrol car early Thursday.

Deputy Brent Laizure was driving northbound on Northwest Eastman Parkway approaching Burnside Road at 1:34 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, when the light changed from red to green, according to his incident report.

As he proceeded into the intersection, an eastbound bike suddenly appeared. The deputy slammed on the brakes but the front fender of his patrol car caught the rear of the bike.

The rider — — identified as Donald Juan Munoz, 32, of Gresham — was wearing dark clothes and riding without any lights but was not thrown off the bike. The impact, however, damaged the rear wheel enough that it wouldn’t turn.

As for Munoz, he reportedly said he wasn’t injured and wanted to leave.

Instead, the deputy told Munoz that he failed to stop at a red light and asked to see his identification.

While talking, the deputy noted that Munoz has slurred speech and swayed while standing in place. His breath also smelled of alcohol.

The deputy tried to conduct field sobriety tests on the man, but due to Munoz’s uncooperative and argumentative behavior, the deputy was unable to complete them, the deputy wrote in his report.

Munoz reportedly told the deputy he’d consumed three Mike’s Hard Lemonades. He also had a water bottle on his bike filled with a yellow-colored alcoholic beverage.

The deputy arrested Munoz for driving under the influence of intoxicants and transported him to the Gresham Police Department. On the way there, Munoz requested medical attention, saying his left knee hurt.

“I asked Munoz why he told me he was not injured,” Laizure wrote. “Munoz told me he was trying to man up.”

Laizure also noted that he saw no sign of injury. In fact, Munoz had moved around rapidly on his feet and performed squats to prepare for the field sobriety tests.

Munoz has since been booked into the Multnomah County Inverness Jail on an allegation of driving under the influence of intoxicants and is being held without bail for violating a restraining order related to a 2011 case.