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Pair of drivers cited for suspected impairment


According to Klickitat County Sheriff’s department Sargent Joe Riggers, it is unusual to have back to back traffic stops resulting in charges of impairment. But, that’s what happened on Saturday night.

The first stop came on East Broadway when Riggers says he had to drive to the curb to avoid a head-on collision. The driver of the on-coming car was identified as Ashley Cuerrier, of Lakewood. Riggers, who is a trained drug recognition officer arrested Cuerrier for being impaired with unspecified drugs.

Shortly after processing Cuerrier, Riggers stopped Ashley Leslie, of Brownstown. She, too was booked for suspicion of driving while impaired. Search warrants were obtained for blood draws on both women. Whether they were impaired by drugs and which drugs may have been involved won’t be known until lab reports are received.

The Sheriff’s Department also reported that there were several citations given on the Columbia River over the weekend, between John Day Dam and The Dalles Dam. Most involved lack of or improper safety equipment, including boating with a minor without a life jacket. According to Chief Criminal Deputy, Mike Kallio, patrols will continue through the summer.


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