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Sauvie Island saturation patrol yields BUII, DUIIs

Drivers and boaters reminded to operate machinery responsibly

PHOTO COURTESY OF OREGON STATE POLICE - Oregon State Police and partnering agencies conducted a saturation patrol on Sauvie Island in late June. Officers issued 10 citations over a three day period to individuals driving and boating under the influence.A saturation patrol in late June conducted by the Oregon State Police on Sauvie Island resulted in nine citations for driving under the influence of intoxicants and one citation for boating under the influence of intoxicants over a three-day period.

Officers from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office assisted OSP officers during a saturation patrol June 24 to 26, which was organized in conjunction with Operation Dry Water, a national campaign to increase awareness and enforcement of boating under the influence laws.

Law enforcement agencies are using those citation numbers to remind people to enjoy recreational activities on Sauvie Island responsibly, and to send a message about safety practices that should be followed when utilizing the wildlife areas of the island.

Oregon State Police received numerous complaints in early June about people driving and boating under the influence near the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, vehicle break-ins, as well as reports of vehicles being parked in roadways and undesignated areas, according to a press release. Conducting the patrol was one example of continuing efforts between OSP and partner agencies to enforce laws in the wildlife area of the island and its surrounding waterways, the release added.

Citations issued during the patrol included one citation being issued for boating under the influence and at least nine citations were issued for driving under the influence of intoxicants, which include alcohol and marijuana.

Additionally, multiple citations and warnings were issued to individuals for other boating and traffic violations. As a reminder to visitors to the island, if you plan to park in the wildlife area, you must obtain a parking permit and only park in designated areas. Daily passes are available for $10 and monthly passes are available for $30.

Fourth of July weekend DUII roundups in Columbia County

Below is a count of citations issued by agency for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

  • Columbia County Sheriff’s Office: 1 DUII arrest on July 3 (information not yet available for July 4-5)
  • Scappoose Police Department: 3 DUII citations; 2 made on June 30, 1 on July 5; none from July 1-4
  • St. Helens Police Department: 4 DUII citations; 2 made on July 4