DA Tells Commission Of “DUII Crisis” In Hood River County

Hood River County District Attorney Carrie Rasmussen told County Commissioners at their meeting this week that there is a “DUII crisis” in the County.  Rasmussen said her office has already filed charges in 297 DUII cases this year, well above the 222 of all of last year, and she expects the number to reach 400 by the end of 2023.  She also called the character of these cases different than they have seen before, with higher blood alcohol levels and more hard drugs like fentanyl and opiates.  Rasmussen says Hood River County’s rate of DUII cases is well above that of other counties in the region.  She said only 40 percent of the DUII cases involve local residents, noting the County’s status as a tourist playground compounded by being a neighbor of Multnomah County.  Rasmussuen said her office is becoming overwhelmed by the caseload.


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