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Officer in DUI Flips Car in Crash

While off-duty but on-call, Portland Police Officer Daniel Chastain (#36610) was arrested on April 25. According to witnesses, he appeared to be traveling 80-100 mph through a roundabout in Happy Valley while driving a City vehicle when he sideswiped a pickup truck and flipped his car into the center of the roundabout. Chastain claims he was driving about 35 miles per hour and was returning home from seeing his therapist. According to court documents, Officer Chastain admitted to drinking and alcohol was found in his overturned car (Oregonlive, May 24).

The Clackamas County DA's office filed misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, assault, reckless driving, criminal mischief and official misconduct. Chastain was taken to the hospital, released and put on paid administrative leave pending investigation and trial (the other driver was not seriously injured). Chastain is a Gang Investigator.

Cop Sprays Dog Walker

Off-duty Portland Police Captain Todd Wyatt was accused of spraying a woman with his garden hose on May 3rd. Juli Norman was using a crutch while walking two dogs past the Captain's house when one dog relieved itself on the grass between the sidewalk and street. According to Norman, she went to pick up the poop when Wyatt flew out his door and began screaming at her. The verbal argument grew heated, and Wyatt allegedly grabbed his garden hose and sprayed Norman. Reached by the Oregonian, Wyatt said, "I feel sorry for [Norman's] mental health" (May 6). No criminal charges will be filed by the Multnomah DA.

In 2012, Captain Wyatt was accused of inappropriately touching several female employees and for flashing his badge and gun during an off-duty road rage incident; then Chief Mike Reese (now interim Multnomah County Sheriff-- see article) demoted Wyatt even though the Police Review Board voted to fire him (PPR #59). The demotion was later reversed by an arbitrator and was replaced with a 60-day unpaid suspension.

  People's Police Report

September, 2016
Also in PPR #69

Police Shoot At, Miss One
  Other Oregon Shootings--2 Per Month
DOJ Staff, Board Ask for Divorce
Chief Shoots Friend, Steps Down
Review Board Faces Changes
Police Oversight Report Has Less Info
May Day 2016: Small Police Presence
Sheriff Staton Hits the Trail
Profiling: "Gang" Arrests, Stop Data
Cops Plan More Homeless Sweeps
Training Council Recommendations
Mayor Secretly Negotiates Contract
PPB Policy Review at Slow Crawl
Updates PPR 69
  • PPB May Let Cops See Body Cam Footage
  Police Use Pole Cameras
  Copwatchers Receive Settlements
  Entrapped Man Appeals Terror Ruling
Legal Briefs: Evidence, Phones, Cops
Quick Flashes PPR 69
  Officer in DUI Flips Car in Crash
  Cop Sprays Dog Walker
Rapping Back #69

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