Drinking duo lacks luck o the Irish
- Pamplin Media
- West Linn Tidings - News
A couple of partiers should have been a little more Irish when they went out to celebrate on the evening of the annual St. Patrick celebration.
The duo was spotted driving under the 25 mph speed limit near Britton and Dollar streets just before 3 a.m.
The two vehicles - a SUV followed by a pickup - were allegedly traveling dangerously about one-car length apart when spotted by West Linn Officer Larry Redler.
One of the vehicles, driven by Jake W. Martinez, 33, Tigard, crossed the center line, and Redler stopped the Martinez vehicle.
Curiously, the other vehicle stopped - allegedly to wait for the officer to release Martinez. That vehicle was being driven by Shannon R. Sparwasser, 38, 2020 Virginia Lane.
Since there were two vehicles and one was possibly a DUII driver, Redler called for backup assistance. Officers Tony Poitras and Ed Friend came to Redler's side and the three began an investigation led by Redler.
Martinez failed the field sobriety tests, and subsequently at the Clackamas County Jail his blood alcohol content was measured at 0.14 percent, nearly twice the legal limit.
Sparwasser also failed the field sobriety tests, and subsequently at the Clackamas County Jail her blood alcohol content was measured at 0.13 percent, significantly above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Both were cited and released at the jail on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
'St. Patrick's Day is historically one of the most common nights for DUII drivers,' said Sgt. Neil Hennelly. 'This year was no exception.'