Clackamas halts weighmaster road stops

Grady Waxenfelter killed in February; suspect Dirck White remains on the loose

CLACKAMAS, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Clackamas County ordered its weighmasters to halt enforcement stops along the roads.

Grady Waxenfelter, a weightmaster for Clackamas County, was gunned down on Highway 224 by a truck driver, Feb. 6, 2014 (Courtesy photo)
Grady Waxenfelter, a weightmaster for Clackamas County, was gunned down on Highway 224 by a truck driver, Feb. 6, 2014 (Courtesy photo)

That determination came after an independent investigation following the slaying of Grady Waxenfelter in February.

Waxenfelter, a longtime county employee, was killed when he pulled over a truck for a minor traffic infraction. He was shot to death in the road.

The suspect, Dirck Morgan White, remains on the loose.

The process is not only dangerous, the investigation found, but the employees are not properly trained.

The analysis obtained by KOIN 6 News shows training and equipment are not adequate to keep the weighmaster safe. There is no training for traffic stops, high speed pursuits, threats and personal safety, among other items.

The analysis also shows no safety equipment was issued.

Dirck Morgan White, 41, (side by side photos) is the suspect in the shooting death of a Clackamas County weightmaster, Feb. 6, 2014 (Clackamas County Sheriff's Office photos)
Dirck Morgan White, 41, (side by side photos) is the suspect in the shooting death of a Clackamas County weightmaster, Feb. 6, 2014 (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office photos)

The legality of weighmasters pulling trucks over was also questioned in the report.

No one from Clackamas County would talk with KOIN 6 News on-camera, but county administrator Donald Krupp released this statement:

“I take these findings very seriously and have ordered a permanent suspension of enforcement stops involving weighmaster personnel while the County reconsiders the future operational status of the program.”

Only six Oregon counties have their own weighmaster programs.

Marion County thought twice about restarting their weighmaster program after Waxenfelter was killed. County officials said they will not have weighmasters pull trucks over, but instead focus on the safety truck inspections.

The Oregon Department of Transportation will still monitor truck traffic and do inspections — but their inspectors don’t pull over drivers.

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