June 28, 2018 11:35
On Thursday, June 28, 2018, at 1:55 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a single-vehicle crash into a telephone pole in the 2600 block of Southwest 3rd Avenue.
Officers arrived at the scene of the collision and determined that an off-duty Portland Police Bureau member was driving the vehicle that crashed into a telephone pole. Based on information learned during the investigation, alcohol was determined to be a factor.
The driver, Steve Jones, was arrested and processed for DUII by Oregon State Police. The Oregon State Police cited and released Commander Jones for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, as is standard practice for the Oregon State Police in Multnomah County.
Commander Jones was driving a City of Portland vehicle as part of his current assignment, which requires him to respond 24/7. There were no other people in the vehicle at the time of the crash and Jones was not injured.
Commander Jones is a 23-year-veteran of the Portland Police Bureau. He was placed on paid Administrative Leave, which is standard procedure, pending the resolution of this investigation. Captain Jeff Bell will now serve as Acting Commander of the Professional Standards Division.
"As law enforcement officers, we are held to a higher standard, regardless of rank or classification, that demands accountability," said Chief Danielle Outlaw. "This incident will be thoroughly investigated."
Due to the Bureau member's assignment as Commander of the Professional Standards Division, the Police Bureau requested Oregon State Police respond to process the Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants investigation. Oregon State Police will continue with the criminal investigation.
The administrative investigation will go through the Police Bureau's internal review process and ultimately will be presented to the Police Review Board, which is comprised of community members and Police Bureau members. Their findings will then be given to the Chief of Police. For a more detailed account of this process visit the following directives: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/674602 https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/674609 https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/article/674616
The Portland Police Bureau will not comment further on this personnel matter to ensure an objective internal investigation is conducted, and to protect public employees' privacy interests.
Inquiries for information about the collision and criminal investigation should be directed to the Oregon State Police.
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