Sheriff's sergeant charged with DUII
Capt. Dennis Marks of the McMinnville police identified him as Michael Dale Saunders, 44, of McMinnville, a member of the correctional staff at the county jail. According to jail records, Saunders was released on his own recognizance after undergoing fingerprinting and photographing.
The incident occurred shortly before 10 p.m. on Thursday, July 17. Marks gave this account:
Saunders was headed west on Northwest Wallace Way, west of Duniway Middle School near Fenton Street, when he ran into a curb and fell off his bike. A witness called for help.
"The witness called for medical personnel, and medics told the officer he was unconscious for some minutes," Marks said.
Saunders was transported by private vehicle to the Willamette Valley Medical Center for treatment. About a week later, he was cited into circuit court on one county of driving under the influence.
"He was not charged at the time, but after his emergency room medical records were subpoenaed, he was charged," Marks said. He declined to release Saunders' blood alcohol content, but the presumptive level of intoxication in Oregon is .08.
Sheriff's Capt. Tim Svenson said the incident was handled internally from a personnel standpoint. He said Saunders was "away from work for a few days," but declined to say whether the absence was medical or disciplinary in nature.