Redmond, Oregon – On Wednesday, June 28, at approximately, Redmond Police Officer Chris Wooten was involved in a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 126 in the vicinity of SE Veterans Way.
The officer was assisting in setting up a perimeter during the pursuit of a pickup truck. The pursuit involved law enforcement officers of multiple agencies.
In the course of his duties, Officer Wooten, age 36, was stopped in the eastbound travel lane of travel of Highway 126 waiting for oncoming traffic to clear, before turning left into the driveway of the old Redmond Rod and Gun Club. It was at this time Officer Wooten’s patrol vehicle was struck from the rear at a high rate of speed by another vehicle.
Officer Wooten sustained non-life-threatening injuries but did sustain minor injuries to his back, neck, and arm. Officer Wooten remained conscious, alert, and communicative after the crash. Officer Wooten was transported by Crook County Medics to St. Charles Medical CenterRedmond for treatment, where he was treated and released.
At this time no conclusions can be drawn as to why Officer Wooten’s patrol vehicle was rear-ended on a straight and level stretch of roadway.
The investigation into the pursuit is ongoing. When Redmond Police identify or arrest, a suspect in the pursuit, information detailing that person’s identity will be released. The Redmond Police Department is cooperating with the Oregon State Police, who are conducting the crash investigation.