07/05/2016 – The Benton County Sheriff reports that Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate a single-vehicle injury motor vehicle crash that occurred less than a mile north of Philomath. The crash resulted in injuries to three people, including two children.
At about 5:36 pm, on Monday, July 4, 2016, Dakena Clinton, age 39, from Corvallis, Oregon, was driving eastbound on West Hills Road, just west of the intersection of Rosecrest Drive, in a 1998 Ford Expedition.
The passenger side tires went off the roadway and into the ditch. She overcorrected and steered the vehicle in the opposite lane, causing the vehicle to flip at least once in the middle of the roadway. The vehicle was heavily damaged and came to rest on its side, in the ditch on the south side of the roadway. A nine-year-old male child was ejected from the vehicle. An eleven-year-old female child and Dakena Clinton self-extricated from the vehicle.
The children were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by an ambulance from the Corvallis Fire Department with moderate injuries. Dakena Clinton had minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital. The Benton County Multi-Agency Traffic Collision Investigation Team responded and processed the crime scene.
Dakena Clinton’s blood alcohol content was 0.12% . She was arrested, transported to the Benton County Jail, and lodged for the following crimes: Assault III (x2), Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering (x2).
Deputies are continuing to investigate the crash and the public is asked to contact Detective Sergeant David Peterson at 541-766-6820 if they have any information. The roadway was closed for about four hours.