Driver cited for DUII in wake of fish hatchery truck crash
WALTERVILLE, Ore. - The driver of a truck hauling spring Chinook salmon smolt that crashed into a power pole on Highway 126E on December 29 faces charges of DUII and Reckless Driving.
Oregon State Police cited driver Ray Lewis on the charges January 7.
Lewis suffered a fractured shoulder in the crash.
After the crash, troopers said Lewis registered an initial medical blood alcohol level of .29 percent.
The 11,000 smolt were some of the more than 220,000 being moved from the McKenzie Fish Hatchery to the Row River near Cottage Grove, according to Kurt Kremers with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The agency is moving the fish from the hatchery near Leaburg Dam due to a problem with the water supply. Two of the dam's three gates are not functioning, making it difficult to control water levels in the river and at the hatchery.
Both lanes of the highway were closed while the utility and emergency crews responded to the crash and cleared the wreckage and dead fish from the road.